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Monday, January 11, 2016

11 - Zebra, Elephant, Bug

This is a painting I am entering into Berks Art Council's contest called "Fast Lane Art".  It is a cool contest that, if your artwork wins, they blow it up to the size of a billboard and display it somewhere along a major highway for awhile... Very awesome!  I designed this just yesterday... the image just popped into my head and from what I could tell, it was passable.... :)  Hope the judges think it will look good as a billboard!
There are several things going into this design.  One main thing is the combination of my Stripey paintings and my impressionistic realist paintings.  This is a first for me.  It was only possible to complete today, because I painted the Stripey portion mostly in acrylic paint, which dries fast.  After that, I took a break to eat lunch and to make sure it was dry, then went back up and painted the animals (the bug is very animal-like to me...) Any touch up the stripes needed I was able to achieve with oil since the rule is you can paint oil over acrylic, but not the other way around.  I am quite happy with the results and I think I will definitely be experimenting with this idea!

Zebra, Elephant, Bug, oil and acrylic, 7" x 20",
not for sale currently

One other thing worth mentioning is that the colors of the stripes are from the Pantone 2016 Spring Palette as seen below... just for fun....

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