View Full Version : WIP African Elephant in oil
01-27-2009, 07:28 PM
It's been a long time since I have painted an animal and i think this is the first elephant in oil that I have ever done. It is very large for me, around 24 x 30 inches and is a gift for a relative who was born and lived in Kenya for many years. I have a long way to go yet but any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated as always. Oil is a new medium for me and I am quite enjoying working for it.
Thanks for looking,
p.s. I have a small work in progress for this painting on my blog.
01-27-2009, 08:28 PM
Linda, I think you have a wonderful start to this painting. The undertones are great and will add a wonderful depth to the finished piece. Can't wait to see it completed.
01-28-2009, 12:28 AM
Gee, I'm wanting to do my first oil. I hope it's half as good as your first one!!
01-28-2009, 06:20 AM
A great start Linda,will look in again on this one.
Best from mike.
01-28-2009, 08:23 AM
fabulous start will be very interested to watch what happens next
01-28-2009, 11:32 AM
Great beginning. I will keep an eye out for updates.
01-28-2009, 06:38 PM
Thanks so much everyone. I have to go to work another two days until I will get to this one again. Can't wait to have it finished as it is dragging out a little too long for me. I like to finish fast and get on to the next one.
01-28-2009, 07:49 PM
With a piece as dramatic as this, it would be worth while to take your time. You could do great things.
01-28-2009, 07:53 PM
Love the different use of colors, Watching this one.
01-29-2009, 11:16 AM
Wow I love it! Beautiful painting!!!!!!
01-29-2009, 08:30 PM
01-30-2009, 05:37 AM
This is just so beautiful, and that's only the start.
Pulling up a chair and wait for the rest.
01-30-2009, 06:52 AM
Oh yeah!! The start is great..can't wait to see more!
01-30-2009, 05:06 PM
Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement. I have done a little more today mostly on the head by adding some more of the wrinkles and darkening the shadows and adding some more highlights. I haven't touched the background or legs again. I think tomorrow I will work on that. Any suggestions for improvement is greatly appreciated.
01-30-2009, 08:35 PM
What a beautiful work, Linda...you are doing great with the oils!
01-31-2009, 11:38 AM
Thanks so much Teresa. I think I am making progress but it is taking so much longer than my usual pastels.
01-31-2009, 04:13 PM
I love Elephants and have three on at the moment; I love the feel you have achieved already with the colour a movement with yours. The crop is great too.
01-31-2009, 07:44 PM
I think you are doing really well, this is a great painting! :)
02-01-2009, 09:01 PM
I have worked another couple of hours on the background today and made the darks a little darker. This photo is probably the closest to the actual colors yet. Any suggestions or critques would be appreciated.
Thanks for looking,
02-01-2009, 10:39 PM
Do you know what my main critique is?
I think you've found your medium!!!!! Seriously Linda!
02-02-2009, 03:45 AM
What have you done, I like this painting before, now you made me like it even more.
I agree with Patrick. You work with oils really well.
02-02-2009, 10:27 AM
Thankyou so much Patrick and Gary. I think I have found my medium also. I am really enjoying these stinky oils.
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