Saturday, 30 November 2019

AFRICAN ELEPHANT

When I travelled over to the UK in September I had made my daughter a very big wall hanging depicting three elephants and bordered by an Ndbele (a South African African tribe who decorate and paint their homes with wonderful graphic designs) design.  So I guess you could say that at that time I was totally into elephants.  I must add that they are notoriously difficult to draw - they look so easy but this is not the case.  However I decided to use the idea of an elephant which is completely different to the ones I made for my daughter and tried to depict Derric's style and colours.  I used a lot of paint and very little stitching, which was a fun exercise for me.  I attach his works as well as my own.  I must say that initially I thought this would be a breeze but when I actually got down to it, it was not as easy as I thought it would be and I am not altogether happy with what I have produced.

The artist's work below.



My interpretation/inspiration.



9 comments:

  1. Well done, Patricia and yes I agree not so easy to draw but you have nailed it and of course the colour palette was perfect for you. My original idea included the animals having just spent time in the Kruger Park but chickened out big time and settled with the silhouette.

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  2. I love this elephant which looks young and delightfully inquisitive . I can see your love of painting on fabric which you do with great expertise and the fact that you decided to leave the background relatively free of stitching enables the elephant's head to really stand out . So well thought out and executed.

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  3. You've done a great job with the elephant! And I like the way you've used blocks of colour in your composition. It's all very effective.

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  4. The background colour blocks are very effective, and the whole piece is lovely. I've never tried to draw an elephant, but imagine it's very difficult. I think the overall composition of the piece is what makes it stand out for me.

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  5. Oh it is so adorable, like Diane, I agree that the colour blocks are very effective.

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  6. Your elephant has come out really well, I love him. I like the way he stands out on the blocks of colour.

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  7. He's an endearing Ellie. Absolutely love your background colour choices and layout. Be proud. Hilary

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  8. Looks great Patricia. I think you've done a great job with your interpretation.

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  9. Interesting piece Patricia. I thought of doing an animal piece but then,as Phil said, chickened out. The bands of color are so Derric's style.

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