Sheep, Elephants, Ibis, Monkey Flowers and Nasturtiums

Sheep, Elephants, Ibis, Monkey Flowers and Nasturtiums

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Once again, I don’t really know where this came from. I know these are creatures that fascinate me and show up fairly often. I also know I recently saw and identified the monkey flowers for the first time at a local nature preserve.

The paper already had the blue acrylic wash background (light blue in the elephant trunks) before I started drawing on it. YEARS ago I rubbed it on with a sponge to have something other than blank dead white to work on. Then it sat in my studio, taped to a piece of masonite. A few weeks ago I drew some white charcoal lines on it, based on shapes in a photo of a Dogon village in Mali (I love the piled up shapes of cliff cities) but they then morphed into sheep and elephant trunks. And I just drew the flowers all over once the sheep showed up on the top (I have no idea why or even how they are up there). And ibises… so many interesting poses they take… they go where they like… nothing can be done…

Approx 23 x 17 inches - Acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on acid-free acrylic paper (paper with a texture that is supposed to mimic canvas, but, to me, it looks more like the beautiful linen texture stationary I recall from the 1970s). I like the color scheme in this - it’s a bit different for me - aqua and pinks.

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