This little elephant was painted using white and black acrylic paints - by someone who knows nothing about painting with acrylics! I did a quick loose pencil sketch, squeezed out two drops of paint on my palette, and selected a brush. Suddenly I felt just like I did back in 2003 when I opened my first tray of pan watercolors. Yikes! How do I even start painting?
So what you see is one great big experiment - in my project to try all of my unused art supplies - while completing a series of elephant images. I think I held my breath and only remembered that "darks" are painted first with acrylic, and last with watercolor. But it was definitely trial and error for me as I tried to define body masses.
Then I put my acrylic paints away until next week, when my friends are coming to play with Gelli Art plates! This elephant may be my only experience doing a figurative painting with them!