How could I have not realized that this wide-mouthed elephant was a pitcher and not a vase?

Another look at the China Elephant

I wanted to have another go at this oddity.  As I sat at the dining table drawing it again, Deb mentioned that the mouth looks like a spout.  Of course it does.  And the trunk looks like a handle, the better to pour with, of course.

Painting of Green China Elephant Pitcher: drawn first with pencil, followed by watercolor.  Family Treasures No. 12

Color Scheme: Extended Analogous


I was relying too much on the ink outlines that I am so fond of drawing.  I feel lost without them.

China Salt and Pepper Shakers

These lovely, salt and pepper shakers were found in the china cupboard when we cleaned out the family home prior to selling the house my mother and father built with their own hands.  I don’t remember using these.  They were among the good china that was used only once or twice a year.  What a shame.

I’ve been playing The Color Scheme Game backwards, determining what the color scheme of the reality might be.  In this case I determined it to be Analogous with Split Complements with Yellow as the dominant color.  Once I determine the color scheme I alter the reality to make a stronger statement with the color.

Watercolor Painting: Drawn first with pencil, followed by watercolor.

I certainly feel as if I’m popping Alice’s pills lately.  In the morning I work small and tight, in the evening I work large and wild.


Elephant Teacups, ‘Afternoon Nap’

Along with working small in the morning, I am playing The Color Scheme Game backwards.  I am looking at reality and deciding what color scheme that reality comes closest to.  I then alter the least amount of reality necessary for it to fit into a color scheme.  I am shocked at how uncomfortable I am with this process.  I will continue to play this way until it become second nature and I can wave the magic wand at will to create the images that are screaming to get out of my head and onto paper and canvas.  I need the facility to create both realism and abstraction along with complete understanding of color interactions.  That’s not too much to demand of myself!

Though fighting my way through my limitations is frustrating, once I break through, the joy of painting and drawing is doubled or tripled each time I reach the other side.  Naturally, there is another barrier in my way.  That only means that I’ll have even more fun when I get through that one.

I am having a blast!

Painting:  drawn first with pencil, followed by watercolor.