Thursday, 16 March 2017
This still life with elephant was painted solely to provide an excuse for breaking out the cadmiums - orange, red and deep red. Such fun! MY goal whilst painting was to keep the colours pure and luminous whilst still creating the illusion of fabric folds.
Painted about 85% with a palette knife - the hints at embroidery and sequins are added with a liner brush after the paint had about 24 hours to tack up.
It was still very squidgy in parts and I deliberately did not wait longer because I thought it would stop me fiddling and faffing about: I told myself to HINT at the embroidery, not attempt to re-sew it with a brush...
The elephant is carved from an African hardwood - acacia, we think. His tusks are not ivory. He is quite large: about a foot tall and slightly more on the length. He weighs 5 kg (11 lbs). He was my mother-in-law's elephant and this is his new home since she passed away. The fabric is a huge piece of embroidered Indian quilt I bought a few years ago.
Indian, African, whatever - the elephant didn't mind.