by Frances - 14:55 on 24 July 2018

 "QUIET STRIPES" painting of an Okapi

 Acrylic on 16 x 12 inch oval canvas.  Painting Status: available - please contact me

Okapis are a most unusual animal, looking like a combination of several put together.  These quiet, timid animals are very rare and from the forests of central Africa.  They are a close relative of the giraffe, having a similar long neck and long blue tongue.

The inspiration for this painting is the way the light creates a two-tone colour on their wonderful velvetty coats.  Capturing this was quite a challenge.  Also the characteristicly striped hindquarters proved quite fascinating, getting the stripes to wrap around the quarters.

This was painted on an oval canvas as I thought that the composition just fitted that shape, allowing the eye to travel along the tail, back, neck and then down to the face.

A rare and beautiful animal captured in an unusual way, creating a stunning painting.


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