I thought I heard someone say once that that if you are an elephant you should not try to fit in an anthill. Anyhow, the saying stuck with me an inspired me to do the underpainting of this two years ago. I returned to it recently and this might be the final version. After finishing it I tried to search the internet for any reference to a saying or idiom or tale, but have come up mostly empty except to learn that the two are natural enemies. They do actually show up in a lot of tales just not in the specific way I remembered hearing.
I have started on a still life, maybe my third in life, this one is going well. It will contain several objects from our cabinet of curiosities, this first item is a geode. I set the items up on cloth and quickly realized that as a novice I do not know how to translate the 3D scene into 2D painting, so I photographed the group and am painting from that. I also added a light bulb to create light and dark areas, which my sweetheart thinks I never do enough of. Off to a good beginning, for the painting and the week.
The skull is the second "friend" in the series of four.