Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First painting of 2012 in progress




Here is my studio as of January 2012, ha ha if you can call it that, it consists of a plastic chair,wooden easel,lamp,and my wooden box containing my paints and brushes.Since this area is next to my bed ,I think a better name would be my art space.One day when I start selling more art ,I  hope to have a studio,a room just dedicated to the process of creating art.I would no longer have to worry about cleaning up smears of oil paint off my bed or bedroom floor.And a place where I can store my large number of painted and unpainted canvases which at the moment are bunged up behind my easel and overflowing to the other corners of my bedroom.
This is what I am working on at the moment,a oil painting of a rhino charging two elephants.Although I am using a couple of photos for reference,there was a lot of changes I made to the composition .In the photos the rhino was actually overlapping the middle elephant,making it feel a bit cluttered ,so I positioned him more to the right so that he was running into the painting.The background in the photos contained trees and shrubs,and some of the trees ,were casting dark shadows over the elephants.This created a bit of a challenge,since I did not want any trees or shadows on the elephants  ,so I had to use a bit of guess work of what the skin tones on an elephant would look like when not in shadow. As the animals are in the late afternoon sun, I wanted to highlight this light so I decided to have storm clouds in the background to create some contrast .The clouds also worked well as an element of composition ,in that it draws the viewer into the picture. 


                                                A close up pictures of the center elephant.
                                  Here are some progress pictures of the rhino,which I did last night.


 My brother and I have been useless at thinking of  titles, we cant agree on any of them so,although it is not yet finished,any suggestions for a title are welcome.


13 comments:

Ineke Pluim-Perquin said...

Geweldig zo mooi! Het zonlicht in het schilderij is prachtig! Ben benieuwd naar je vorderingen.
Groet,
Ineke

Peter Brown said...

Very dramatic Roger - it's going to look great. I'm afraid I can't help where an equally dramatic title is concerned!

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks for your comments Ineke, and Peter.

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Roger this work in progress ist just awesome. Soooo beautiful. What is the nature great. And you lays it down beautifully on paper. Marvelous
Cann't wait to see it when it is ready.
Lovely greet
Marja

Susan Roux said...

Obviously it's not the size of the studio that counts. This is amazing! Your work is stunning.

Studio at the Farm said...

Hi Roger,
I do love the dramatic pose of the central elephant, and it looks like you have created a good composition.
My "studio" is so much like mine, I had to laugh! One day ....

Karen said...

Roger, Great composition and I can feel the drama.

Andrew said...

That is awesome what is the image size?

Bev said...

This is looking really good, I love the dramatic sky and the comp is excellent. Your lack of work space doesn't stop the flow of talent.
My idea for a title? 'Gerroff! This is my space!' Not too good at titles myself, but it might just jog the mind.

Stephanie Berry said...

Excellent Roger! Yes--very dramatic. Would a rhino attack an elephant?? "Clash of the Titans!"

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks you all for your comments,not sure of the size Andrew will have to check, but you can get an idea of the size in the photos.Yes rhinos will occasionally charge elephants,when they feel their territory is being encroach on. Elephants on the other hand will turn tail and run after making a standoff.There have been some instance however where some elephants have actually killed rhinos,but on closer research,it was found that the elephants doing this killing were actually young bulls who had been orphaned and later introduced into wild life reserves.Since they did not grow up in a herd the did not have the guidance and disciplined of older elephants some of therefore developed delinquent and aggressive behavior.

Sadeu said...

beautiful painting! : )

INA JACOBSEN said...

Es magnifico, la luz, el cielo...todo. Ciao