Welcome to Part 3 of the painting the elephant bangle project.Â I can't believe it's already been a week since the last installment - where does the time go?Â Good news; the elephants are about to make their first appearance!
A link to Part 2 for anyone who hasn't seen it or who would like to go back and take another look:Â Part 2
Here's where we left off last week:
Before we get to this latest update, I thought I'd share some information about forest elephants with you.Â They are not as well known as their more familiar cousins the savannah or bush elephants, nor is much known about the forest elephant compared to their larger cousins.
While researching the forest elephant, I found some interesting information about them at Cornell University's Cornell Lab of Ornitholgy
site.Â They are now accepted as a unique species of elephant.Â Smaller in size than the bush elephant, their ears are more rounded and their tusks are straighter and thinner.Â It's thought that they have straighter tusks to help them navigate through the forests.
Forest elephants are found mainly in the Congo Basin of Central Africa.Â Like their larger cousins, poaching is a serious problem with perhaps up to 10% of the population lost each year.Â The destruction of their forest habitat through logging is also a threat to these mysterious creatures.
The photos below show the elephants having been blocked in withÂ gray paint.Â I'm not concerned about details at this point; mostly I'm determining how and where they will fit on this tiny canvas.Â In these photos, you can also see how the elephants wrap around the bangle:
No self respecting elephant would hang out in a habitat without a watering hole - babies at play:
Butting heads or whispering sweet nothings to each other?
Momma taking care of her little one:
Taking a stroll:
The big guy:
There are some parts of the elephants that need to be cleaned up - a couple of them are too fat, but nothing a little paint can't fix!
Next week, Part 4 will see them start to come to life as more detail is added.Â Â As always, thank you so much for joining me in this creative journey!