Much of my time recently has been spent working on this charming painting series of zoo animals for a client’s nursery. When completed, it will be a triptych (three paintings), two measuring 10″ x 10″ and the other measuring 10″ x 20″.
The first painting of the set is a baby hippo. Because this is art for a nursery, I used bright complimentary hues of blue, orange, and yellow. The model, of course, was my black and white photography, Baby Hippo.
Baby Hippo, © 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.
The second painting in the series is a baby rhino. Here it is sketched out, ready for the easel.
I never add much detail in my sketches as I prefer to improvise with color and loose brushstrokes during the painting process. Keeping with the colorful nursery theme, I have since added a yellow green background. The rhino calf will be rendered in shades of turquoise, perhaps with accents of yellow and orange to compliment the hippo.
The 10″ x 20″ painting will be hung in a portrait presentation. Any guesses? That’s right–a baby giraffe will present in the final painting of this nursery series. Stay tuned for the finished triptych.
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All artwork © 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.