"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year from the Smiling Elk!


I finished this painting just in time for the December projects for the Watercolor Workshop. One challenge was to do a 4 legged friend and the other was to paint from a photo of this elk. So...since the elk is definitely 4 legged and as I was running out of time due to the hullabaloo of the holidays, I decided to enter this painting into both project categories. I will have to admit that I have never been a painter of animals, and thus my elk appears to be smiling because I had some trouble with his mouth. I decided to leave it alone because I sort of like the idea of a smiling elk, especially during the holidays. This painting is done on 1/4 sheet of Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.

2 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

Barb, he looks like he's calling to his sweetheart :)

Vicki Greene said...

I think you did a great job on the elk and the background.