This is a 16×20 oil painting of a hippopotamus I painted for my niece. I think he’s pretty cute. His eyes seem happy to me and the colors are great in person. They change dramatically depending on the light. The back ground goes from a really nice blue-green to the blue you see in this picture. This hippo gave me nightmares. I have never painted a hippo before and I really procrastinated on this one for 5 days from the start. I got the underpainting done and just kinda scratched my head thinking….now what. I don’t wanna paint just a fat brown gray hippo. Finally, 5 days after starting, I just said Dawn, just paint. See what happens. Lo and behold, my niece got a cute hippo with great teeth out of the deal. She loved it!
Then I did this little 11×14 painting of a rhinoceros called Kiira on the Savannah while my sister painted an acrylic owl with the Art Sherpa on Youtube.