Thursday, 21 June 2012

The elephant in the room...

elephant close up acrylic painting of an elephant's face and eye
Forget Me Not - Acrylic on Canvas
I was clearing out the cupboard under the stairs a while ago and came across a canvas painting that we bought to hang in our living room purely because the colours matched the decor.  Once we redecorated last year, it got relegated to the cupboard under the stairs where all the once loved and now forgotten objects seem to end up (if they don't make their way to the attic first).

In the spirit of make do and mend, I decided to paint it black and see if perhaps I could re-use it somehow although, because it was really textured with bumps and lumps and what looks like swipes of a palette knife, I wasn't sure how.



You can see the texture on the canvas in the close up sections
Then, as I was starting a new animal painting for the Windows to the Soul series I decided to look on the Paint my Photo website for inspiration where I saw this lovely photo of an elephant. The canvas happened to be sitting right there on the counter of my wee art studio where I'd left it to dry after painting it black and  I had a light bulb moment - the texture on the canvas would actually lend itself perfectly to the texture of all those wrinkles and folds on the elephant's skin.  So this is what I've been working on for the last week or so in between my doodle dogs. I think it's finished but I'll leave it for a week or so and see if I feel the need to tweak it any.


I'm linking to Paint Party Friday as always and look forward to visiting as many party goers as possible over the weekend.

This may be one of my shortest posts ever - I could have a wee rant about how our inconsiderate neighbour had a party on Tuesday night (it's well seen she doesn't work for a living) and kept me awake so I was like an exceptionally bad tempered zombie the next day.  Or I could mention that we're going out for dinner tonight to a great wee Mexican restaurant that does some lovely vegan options and that's why I'm posting this on a Thursday afternoon instead of last thing on a Thursday night, but that's not really about art either... so, I won't. Well, I just did but I kept it brief which is most unlike me!

39 comments:

  1. "The grass grows as high
    as an elephant's eye"

    A really phenomenal painting!

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  2. Fantastic painting. I love when these things happen. It makes me think the whole process of in storage to studio to all black to a website to an elephant of note, was preplanned by a higher power.

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  3. I love painting over old paintings I don't like anymore, and get all their textures woven into the new painting. But with this, the old texture is just absolutely perfect. This is an amazing painting, the details and lines are superb, and the elephant's expression so calm and beautiful.

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  4. wonderful painting--the texture is great

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  5. This is an incredible painting. I just want to reach out and touch the elephant. I hope you had a wonderful time at the Mexican restaurant.

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  6. Hi Nicola - thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. PPF certainly opens up our world. Really like how you have brought out an old painting to reuse and so successfully too. the textures are really good.

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  7. Amazing creation ~ Wow! ~thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. OH my goodness - this is absolutely MARVELOUS! I love your texture and composition and just the whole beast. Well done!!!!

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  9. Stunning! The elephant is perfect with the texture!!!!

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  10. Wow! Awesome! You are so talented! That texture is so perfect for elephants skin. :)

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  11. Your painting is absolutely stunning, I love it. Happy PPF!

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  12. Great, everything can be recycled and talented, always comes something new and wonderful. Saludos

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  13. Well Nicola this is STUNNING! It really is! It's a coincidence that only a couple of days ago I discovered a pastel drawing of an elephant and her calf that I had started a couple of years ago, but never finished! I must get around to it soon! Thanks for posting the close-ups too. :0)

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  14. This elephant is really beautiful. Such a wonderful use of a repurposed canvas. Its a good reminder that its OK to go over something that doesn't work and make it into something beautiful. Well done. Happy PPF.

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  15. What an amazing redo! My inital reaction to seeing the elephant was WOW but unfortunately I cannot make my WOW any larger after reading about how it came to be...It's very wonderful with all it's texture and lines. I love it and everything about it. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!
    HPPF too.

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  16. WOOOOW!!!!, this painting is amazing. Full of detail and texture. Fabulous job!!!

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  17. Holy cow!!! (or elephant in this case) Your painting is fabulous. The texture does lend itself well to your new creation. Fabulous work! Happy PPF!

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  18. The elephant looks so real..I feel its skin, can feel it looking out at the world!
    Thank you for your visit and encouragement!

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  19. Great job. This is the second excellent Elephant I've seen this week on PPF.

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  20. What a wonderful elephant painting! I love the texture in it, it really works with the painting...

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  21. Gorgeous painting - and thanks for the link to paint my photo! Cool site!

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  22. Wonderful piece, very touching, full of feeling in his eye!

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  23. the details are amazing! such a grand elephant!

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  24. Beautiful work! I love the texture and the emotion in the eye! It's great when you can re-purpose a canvas into something you love. :-)

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  25. Wow! Amazing texture and composition!
    Wonderful!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  26. LOVE it! Your make do and mend did not need either "making do" or "mending"...the colors are wonderful. Those eyes: excellent.

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  27. This is wonderful--please don't tweak it. This elephant is complete! And yeah you really did capture the texture of this beast's tough skin and the majesty of its trunk. Great work and happy PPF. And boo to inconsiderate neighbors--especially the ones who don't understand that other people work in the morning even if they don't.

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  28. Fabulous new painting! I just love the cropping that you have chosen on this, it's brilliant! Makes the piece so strong and compelling.
    I thought of you this week while we were on vacation, and having most people's idea of the opposite of perfect vacation weather, cool and rainy. Every tie I looked through the windows of the ferry, I thought of your rainy windows series. I tried a few photos for you, but I figure droplets of grey you can do out your own windows...not really something you need me to supply.

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  29. Nicola, I love coming across something new... and what a lovely change from crochet!!! lovely to see your work (are you tempted to sketch when you have a quiet moment at work!!) and 'meet' you.
    I love blogging too - for that brilliant surf where you end up finding something unexpected, to nicely fill a sunday morning.
    Thanks for entering my giveaway, good luck!
    fee x

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  30. Este elefante está increible, es de una energía desbordante.

    Un abrazo

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  31. I love the 'close-up' painting of the elephant and all those details. Perfection. . . Blessings, Janet PPF

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  32. ok, this is absolutely incredible! and vegan mexican...the best!

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  33. Beautiful! Love the detail!! Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF!

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  34. Beautifully textured & a wonderful painting...
    HPPF:)

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  35. Your elephant is absolutely amazing. I am so glad your light bulb moment produced such a spectacular piece of art.

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  36. Great way to rescue a canvas, Nicola. Your elepahant's eye is beautiful.

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  37. Your painting is WONDERFUL!! I am amazed at how much detail you have in there.
    Such an original style. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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