Hide Of An Elephant by Alison Nicholls. Media: acrlic. Framed. Shipped in: Box.

I used washes of color to gradually build up this painting, with some washes flowing over the elephant and others creating the outline of the animal. The washes are impossible to completely control, but that’s what makes them so effective and as I’m working I’m constantly looking for ways to use the washes to best effect, while leaving room for your own imagination too. I add detail at the end and this is when I painted the wrinkled skin of the elephant and used the same design in the background.

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