Good Elephant

My most recent commission is a safari animal for a nursery. First, I painted a lion, but I think he came out too mean. My second attempt, I believe, is a success. Who wouldn’t want this friendly elephant protecting baby’s room?

What safari animal would you have painted?

 

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An Afternoon at the Honolulu Zoo

Here are some sketches of animals I made at the Honolulu Zoo.

I was lucky enough to catch the elephants at their happiest, bath time.

The flamingoes in Hawaii are more orangey pink than the reddish pink I am used to seeing.

The turtles, lemurs, and gibbons shared a living space.

These hippoes were quite fond of one another.

The tigers were beyond gorgeous, but moved around the most, making drawing difficult.

Giraffes, zebra, and a rhino.

Before my trip to this zoo I did not know what a gharial was. Now I do and I sort of wish I didn’t. They are absolutely horrifying. Fun to draw, but horrifying.

I was so absorbed with the gharial section that I drew the trees around it.

Joyous Elephant

This week I discovered the Historic Village of Smithville. I fell in love with the small collection of shops and restaurants upon my first visit. Today, I ventured into an art gallery called the Artist’s Eye.

Enough babble. Here is a small drawing I made of the carousel in Smithville. The elephant’s emotion is very similar to how I feel about the quickly approaching spring. What lovely weather we’ve had lately!

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Joyous Elephant. Ink on paper. 5″x5″.

Unframed: $80.00