Monday, January 24, 2011

Zany Zebra


Zany Zebra

With the WSSA 85th Open Exhibition approaching I'm feverishly painting for submissions to this event.  
I have a painting under the belt for now and need another two. This is one I started painting last night.... just a bit of fun and enjoyed the colours I used. At 2am this morning I called it a day and left it to complete later when I could concentrate with a clear head. On looking at it this morning, I was dissatisfied with the construction of his face. His muzzle looked too long, the eye was a bit small and just wasn't
sitting in the correct place! 
A bit frustrating at times when paintings don't do what they are supposed to do, you can't win them all I suppose, specially when you have a dead line! It's just a piece of paper after all and we are 
supposed to enjoy painting, don't we? But I think that's part of the fun.... or is it? 

Oh well, what can I say but back to the easel!

I'm not too disappointed with this as I'll keep it as a reference for colours used, but this 
Zany Zebra will not be part of the show!


11 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a fabulous zebra!!

martinealison said...

Ma chère Debbie,
Ton zèbre aurait pu rencontrer le mien...
Il n'est pas évident de dessiner cet animal pourtant si captivant... je pense que ses zébrures sont là pour nous hypnotiser... J'aime le naseau et cette finesse que tu as su lui faire... Le fond, aussi suscite de l'intérêt...
Comme j'aimerais pouvoir admirer ton travail lors de ta prochaine exposition!
Je te fais des bisous, à bientôt et aussi un grand merci pour l'ensemble de tes gentils commentaires.

Cathy said...

I quite like it... Give it a day or two befor emaking a decision. And, I agree, paintings don't do what we want them to do!

RH Carpenter said...

Well, he looks handsome to me, but since you're doing it over, I'd soften the bg a bit more - right now it's pretty powerful and you want us to focus in on the eye and those beautiful stripes and the great colors you've used there.

Carol Blackburn said...

Love the color scheme, Debbie. Can't wait to see more. I was just thinking about trying a zebra painting the other day. Hmmmm, now you've really got me thinking.

Sandra said...

I can honestly say that I can't see a thing wrong with it! But admittedly living in England I don't see many Zebras so I'm not really up on their anatomy! Personally I think its wonderful and I LOVE the colours in his coat. I'd show it if it were mine - PROUDLY!

Pat said...

I love him - but I too would soften the background, so they don't fight for attention. xx

Julie Hill said...

Debbie...first thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog today. Second, I just adore your wildlife watercolors...the elephants, zebras, rhinos..all of them just superb...and very inspirational. Thank you for sharing. happy painting and I cant wait to see more!

jane minter said...

beautiful whites in the zebra debbie ..good luck with your deadlines..can't help remember your last zebra profile

jane minter said...

debbie beautiful whites and blacks ... can't help remember your last zebra profile ..good luck with your deadline

cristina dalla valentina said...

It's wonderful, Debbie! I love the shades on the zebra hides, you are so talented!