I am thinking about making a Meander book as a Christmas present, containing paintings of photos my friend brought back from India. The “pockets” need suitable decoration as well, so I thought Indian elephants might make an agreeable motif. This is my first practice of that theme.
The first thing to say is that I actually enjoyed the process! Thanks to all that drawing practice the basic sketches went down quickly and reasonably accurately – always a confidence builder. I have limited my palette to Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red and Indanthrene Blue which produced some wonderful mixes. I think I need to be more bold in laying down colour =- some of the early washes were rather pasty! But I am happy with these first attempts, and shall continue with more elephants just for fun.
However, I don’t think this motif will work for the project I have in mind. Maybe more stylised images dressed overall may be more in keeping as a design.