Something Living

After trying out some new, abstract techniques on my recent painting, I thought it would be fun to continue on exploring new fields.

So I decided to try, for the first time in a long while, to paint something living. I have been thinking of painting actual people for a long while, but for a start i made my choice to go for a big colourful elephant.

So I made a ruff outline on the canvas, drawing free hand with a pencil, before I set to work. This is how it ended up:

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The backround colour ended up a lot darker than I originally planned, after mixing together a lot of bright colours with a big blending brush. It all kind of ended up in a big smudge. The elephant did´nt turn out the way I wanted either, after trying to paint the colurs in with a small brush. So I ended up scraping all the loose paint of with a palette knife.

The basic outline and colour of the original elephant still remained on the canvas though. So, in an attempt to save all the effort, I tried to just scrape some “elephant colour” into the basic outline with the same knife. It actually turned out quite well.

To get some more colour, I ended up using some cadmium yellow, turquoise blue, sap green, kings blue, permanent red violet and yellow ochre in the elephant mix. Adding on some ultramarine blue and emerald green to the mix in the background. To top it all off, I dripped some turquoise blue on top pf the elephant, using a paint brush and some paint thinner. I think that kind of made it all more interesting.

All in all a really fun painting to work on, learning some new techniques.

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