Browsing Elephants Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

African Wildlife Sketch #17 – Browsing Elephants

Watching these browsing elephants was so interesting. They used their feet to dig up roots, picking them up with their trunks, the bashing them on the ground to get rid of the dirt. Then they leaned casually against a small bush and uprooted it completely. A little later, one of these elephants was following us down the road, while another was in front of us, walking away. Yes, we were part of an elephant sandwich! More of that soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these relaxed elephant bulls browsing their way through the African bush!

Browsing Elephants Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

Browsing Elephants Field Sketch by Alison Nicholls

All my field sketches, are created in Africa directly from life, or sketched back at camp purely from my memory of sightings. They are completely finished in Africa and I use no photos or video reference at any time in their creation. It is always tempting to add finishing touches back in the studio, but I avoid this to ensure that my field sketches really are field sketches. 

The Original Field Sketch is watercolor & pencil on watercolor paper, 11×14″, priced at US$300. Limited Edition Giclées are also available, priced at US$120 each. Only 10 copies are available, printed using archival inks on watercolor paper, 14×11″, all signed and numbered by me.

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Until Nov 22, I will be sharing 1 of my new African field sketches every day. The new sketches are shown to my newsletter readers a full day before they are shown here. Click here to Join my Mailing List and see the sketches as soon as they are released, or see them here 1 day later.

Wherever and whenever you see them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Tomorrow’s sketch is of Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.
Until then…

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