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Estemmenosuchus Swamp Scene Finished!

Estemmenosuchus Swamp Scene
5" x 7"
Pen and watercolor on watercolor paper.

Finished at last! Painting this was very tricky and involved a lot of reworking to get it just right. Unfortunately the scan dropped some light colors to white -- that golden color on the tree trunks that's glazed sunlight is actually all the way down the lit areas, not patches of white, while the white reflections on the water are actually a pale greenish blue. It looks a bit better in life.

Also, the horizon shades to a light gold with pretty dawn colors rather than shading to white the way it looks in the scan. Frustrating when I can't actually get the colors right when posting something. This one may not get turned into prints if the color's that inaccurate.

I decided that those extravagant horns were a mating display and would look good in red, drawing attention to this magnificent vegetarian crocodile from the opposite sex. So this is a male one in full flush of mating display. Some other patches of the red appear in his mottled back patterns. It was one of the largest creatures of its time and about as fearless with predators as a healthy moose, it didn't need to camouflage itself.

So here he is -- Estemmenosuchus mirabilis, with a salad in his mouth!
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Dec. 23rd, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting a smile of delight on my face today!! I've got about $20 in my PayPal account - Squidoo should pay me Jan.15th and I can send it all plus some for postage then. Sorry it's taken so long but - well - typical holidays for us. Eviction threats, husband preparing to die, car troubles, no heat, the usual Christmas fare.

I know just where Mr. Vege Crok will hang over my desk to make me smile :D

Hope you are having a good holiday, too :D
Dec. 23rd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm just so happy you like him given that washed out wretched scan! Once again my scanner hates watercolors!

He looks even better in life. He's more the focal point than the patch of water up at the level of his top horns. When you see the values of what got washed out, you'll be happily surprised at how unified this painting is.

I'm patient, I know your situation. Take your time. I'm still paying off Pat Isaac for The Red Bucket, though I may get impatient and do the last two payments next month so that I can have it here in person.
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