|'Becoming history' - impasto acrylic on canvas 24cm x 20cm|
So a strange thing happened recently. As well as practising reiki, I've started trying to make regular time for meditation as sometimes its lovely to just switch off and work on quieting the incessant chatter that goes on in my head (although that is easier said than done!). Anyway, during a meditation recently, an image popped into my head. I kept thinking about it and decided I had to try and get it out of my head and on to canvas. As it progressed it changed a lot from the original thought - it started life in my head as the silhouette of a cottage set against a very vibrant stripy background which made me think of slicing into the world like it was a cake and all the different layers you'd see from the grass on top right down to the earth's core.
I decided I wanted it to be an animal instead of a cottage and initially I thought perhaps a sheep but then I knew I wanted it to be another rhino.
I had started a painting several months ago of several sheep in silhouette (perhaps that is where the sheep idea originated?) and I knew I wasn't going anywhere with it so I figured I would paint over it - it's quite strange because despite many many layers of paint that I've added to the front of the canvas if you look at the back you can still see a row of black sheep which will forevermore be hidden under the rhino.
I added acrylic modelling paste to the canvas to help create more texture and then just added the paint with a palette knife until I got the effect I wanted of the layers of colour merging into each other. In the end up, rather than the layers of earth I think it is more like a very abstract landscape going from a dusky sky down to green vegetation and a dusty red earth (go with me on this one – it is quite abstract after all!!)
I had several ideas of how I wanted to depict the rhino and discarded each one as I went along as not being quite right. Then the perfect idea came to me – rhinos and their evolutionary ancestors have roamed the earth for millions of years and there are cave paintings of Rhinos in Chauvet in France which are some 30,000 years old. So, I drew the rhino in a sort of cave painting style. The body of the rhino is painted using a pearlescent medium with the acrylic paint to add a ghostly, ethereal quality to reflect the impermanent, uncertain feel of the future of these beautiful animals.
|to put the size into context|
I’m hoping that I might be able to replicate the success of my last rhino painting Twitter campaign and also be able to sell this one directly via social media. If so, I’ll donate 40% to a charity called Saving the Survivors who recently rescued a rhino they’ve called Hope, when she was found horrendously injured having had her horns hacked right off her face. She is going through a very slow healing process right now – it could take more than a year – but hopefully she will make a full recovery.
This painting is priced at £130 plus p&p and if you are interested in purchasing it please just email me (nicsearth[at]gmail.com) or please help me find the perfect home for it by sharing to your heart’s content via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram or any other way you like! It’s much appreciated.