I was immediately attracted to a golden elephant statue,
in the midst of many lovely tea cups, pots, & decorative objects at our local Tea Room
when I went sketching with the Group.
The above sketch no longer exists because I was overly critical of it.
I went home, painted it over with gold acrylic paint, & then ~ tore it up.
Note to self: Don't be so quick to reject the results of my sketching.
(A friend had taken the photo before I destroyed the picture.)
2nd version, sketch from the sketch,
it doesn't have the spontaneity of the first. IMHO.
In one of the many books these days about sketching,
I am reminded that I do this for the love of the process,
more than for the result.
However, the results are part of the process.
More Elephant explorations in my 7 1/2 by 11" book
(that does not have watercolor pages.)
Ganesh, the Hindu Remover of Obstacles. I need this.
The Smithsonian Elephant, my friend from chilhood.
Elephants at the Washington Zoo, we also go way back.
I don't think I'll ever go to Africa or Asia,
but I would like to visit some elephants.
Did you know there are some amazing online videos?
Have you seen real elephants? Do you believe in Ganesh?
PS. Have you read the beautiful & sensitive story,
The One and Only Ivan?
It is for young readers, but it is for everyone.