PAINTING OF THE WEEK - Quiet Stripes
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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