Making a work of art every day is very challenging. Having set a particular topic makes for an even more narrow focus. It’s really good to delve into a particular subject in depth but it requires more and more ingenuity as the month progresses. This said, I’ve made a new elephant every day except one when I was driving to PA & then went to a wedding.

Here we go with week 2:IMG_3814

This little guy sure knows how to toot his horn!


This elephant has an unusual background. It is made with alcohol inks on Yupo paper, which is more like a slick sheet of flexible plastic. Then this beauty was drawn on top with graphite.


I just love this elephant’s ears and the way the trunk wraps around. Based on a photo I took in Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa.


I also photographed these elephants. I printed them, created the composition & began to transfer them onto gessoed hardboard.


This is the transferred elephants after the backing paper is soaked and rolled off. This is just the beginning of this work of art.


This sweet elephant got a more abstract treatment. I just love the smile!


Bringing color to my smiling elephant with Caran D’ache water soluble crayons. I used the lines of the many wrinkles to create a carnival effect.

That is my collection of elephants for the second week. I’ve been asked, “why elephants”? My daughters and I have always been partial to elephants. Then the book “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony made clear how sensitive, loyal and caring elephants are, in addition to being so powerful.

What do you think about elephants?


About karenfriedland

I am a visual artist-- painter, sculptor, photographer-- coloring the world. My travels take me to many places around the world and I love connecting with others at home and on my trips. I am also a teacher (art), business person and creativity and business coach. My website is: I am so glad you have visited my blog!
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  2. I love these elephants! The unusual backgrounds take these out of the realm of landscapes and into a bold statement about elephants. The smiling elephant is perfect, there is nothing like a smiling animal.

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