This “Tender Moment” Archival Re-creation is hand painted with the same Pastel colors as the original for a beautiful representation of the Original Pastel Painting. The layering of pastels brings the “Tender Moment” to the status of a Unique Work of Art.
These Grevy Zebra’s are very special because of their small striping pattern. “Tender Moment” Re-creation also shows the lighter stripes of the baby and the darker stripes of the mother as the animal matures.
After six hours after studying these incredible creatures this moment happened. Using pastels to create the stripes was a time consuming and intense process that took over three months. Many layers of pastel had to be applied to finally get the crisp lines of the stripes. The pastel pigments had to be built up from medium to dark so that the end color had the underlying layers of color that gave a rich natural look to the finished painting.
The main reason I wanted to paint these magnificent animals was because they are an endangered species. The Grevy Zebra’s nearly 7 feet tall with males weighing 770 to 990 pounds. Every Zebra has their own set of identifying stripes that are individual to each animal and the babies are born a lighter brown color and turn dark when they are about a year old. Their general characteristics are: big heads, long necks, large rounded ears, no markings on their bellies, smaller more delicate striped pattern then any of the other Zebras and a stripe that extends from their head main all the way down to their tails. This species was give as a gift to Jules Grevy the President of the Third Republic Regime of France in 1882. Hence the beautiful species the Grevy Zebra
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