A zoo in whimsy gray

Shapes 2013
Flat shapes and patterns in gray
Poster paint on board
10″ x 15″
August 2013

Can you spot the 10 animals in the painting?

This was one of my favorite plates for this semester. Basic instructions were to draw outlines of 10 animals on paper, cut them out and arrange them on the board for tracing. They will overlap and form shapes within shapes. Paint them in flat shades of gray and add patterns to balance out the picture.


Had to use a super thin brush — 003 I think — to paint the patterns in the teeny tiny shapes. Thinking of new patterns (we weren’t supposed to repeat!) was also a challenge, especially since we were painting and not drawing them in, but really enjoyed making this plate.  Felt like Picasso doing a tiny Guernica.