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Caroline Henry Art Blog


by Caroline , February 19, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: animals, humor, inspiration, painting

This is one of a series of whimsical ink and watercolor elephants that I have painted. I shall continue to paint them from time to time. Several of them have sold, but that is not why I will keep painting them. Somehow in doodling around with the ink and brush, I come up with elephants that are fun and that express who I am.

Take this one, for example. Sumie ink and watercolor wash create an elephant startled by...what? It could be anything from a field mouse to a flash of lightning from that storm we see looming in the distance. But I know I go through life getting that same "whoa, there!" startled look on my face. Of course, there are things that are just plain scary or are too appalling to believe. However, sometimes it's startlement of delight, as this past weekend when in the little city of Susanville just about where California's Sierra Nevada mountains leave off and the Cascades begin, we went to a community symphony concert where the guest artist was Irina Fedenko of Yekaterinburg, Russia. Tchiakovsky never sounded better. Then there are the startling moments of discovery--Wow, those colors will create that shade!

Another of my elephants came from the romantic in me. He has a flower clutched in his trunk and a sweet, shy expression.

I hope you enjoy this elephant; they give me a lot of fun.



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