Yay, I finished in time!
This paintout was irresistible. How could I NOT paint an adorable little elephant I discovered along the roadside in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka.
That's where the Virtual Paintout gang went for the month of April: to Sri Lanka. It was a blast! They revere elephants there, and even decorate and beautifully paint them for festivals.
In light of that, I imagined my little Asian elephant was on her way to a Festival, and gave her a leg bracelet with turquoise stones and golden bells.
Here is the original location where I found her (you can click on any pics to enlarge):
The design surrounding our Princess was influenced by the traditional style of arts and crafts in Sri Lanka, and I left some of the birch wood showing in the finished painting.
First layers and linework:
Starting to add shading and hints of color:
Working on grasses and the Princess:
"Sri Lankan Princess"
acrylic on 8x8x1.5 cradled birch
I hope you enjoyed meeting our Sri Lankan Princess!