Elephants in the River

I created a mural a few years ago for a local Doctor’s Office. It is 9 foot tall by about 14 ft wide, oil on canvas. The skin was the fun part. I painted the canvas hot pink, by adding red to the gesso. Then, I painted a one foot wide strip down the middle, to establish the method for the various areas. The tropical plants were done with midtone bright green, shadow dark green, followed with a lime yellow highlight. The skin was created with a mid tone warm brown/gray, followed with the dark brown for wrinkles, then a light warm highlight. The reflections followed the mirror image of the animals, broken up with light blue waves, reflecting the sky. It was a fun job. I rolled the canvas on a pvc pipe, outward after it dried, and after transport, stapled it to the wall. A carpenter, (Danny Patterson) met me on site and created the frame, which he chopped and painted on the spot. Art in public places is great. We should have more of it, don’t you think?

Elephant Mural
Oil on canvas 7 foot by 12 foot
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