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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Friday, February 07, 2014

ELEPHANT

Elephant 
6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

Life has been pretty hectic while directing and performing in a play.  My classroom has also kept me busy.

A friend requested an African elephant dictionary drawing and the deadline is fast approaching.  I finally was able to make time to get it finished and on it's way to a new home.  It seems that animals have occupied my easel quite a bit lately.

I tell my students all the time to draw or paint what they know.  I think the best art is personal but commissioned pieces usually take you out of that familiar subject area.  Drawing an African elephant had some challenges since I'm miles and miles from any actual elephants I can photograph and study.  I pride myself on original work so this guy had to be created from the parts of lots of different photographs and resource books.  I now the basics of an elephant - trunk, big ears,etc. but I certainly am not an expert.  The other challenge was to take something without much color and give it a little interest.

I finally finished him and got him lettered late last night after our last play practice for the week.  Today we set lights and do some tech and I hope to have a little rest before we open next week.


3 comments:

JGG said...

I love these paintings - so unique, they would look fabulous in a coffee table book!

Debbie Nolan said...

You could fool me that you are not familiar with elephants - wonderful job - great colors too. Hope your play goes well and you get to take a break - have a good week-end.

Caroline said...

This is absolutely incredible!! WISH I could draw, my bf is mad about elephants, he would love this. You are so talented. Wonderful! :))