A few weeks ago, a man asked if I had any elephant paintings. I've done a few in the past and they have all sold. So I got to thinking, why not muster up some courage and tackle some new subject matter - like another elephant. I have lots of pics from spending quality time with the elephants and giraffes at the Norfolk Zoo "behind the scenes" thanks to a couple of fun zookeepers.
So this painting is called Courage; not for the mouse but for the elephant. Pliny the Elder is credited with first saying that elephants are afraid of mice. Most people take this as a myth, but Myth Busters did a segment on this topic and found that elephants are indeed startled by mice.
I will share this painting in steps since many of you have said you enjoy seeing the process.
I realize it's a bit hard to see but I began with a simple sketch and floated in my background colors.