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Pastel Painting “Tender Moment” L.A. Cline Master Pastel Artist

This pastel painting I have created of two Grevy Zebras experiencing their “Tender Moment” may look finished, it is not.  Now that all the stripes are in place, and the forground and background have been painted the finishing process begins.

It takes many layers of different Pastel color pigments to make the background color complimentary, the stripes the right amount depth of color with contrast and the foreground colors that indicate a base line so that the animals look weighted down on the ground.

The finishing process takes me about a week or more to complete.  This is where I use a magnifying glass to look at all the intricate patterns to make sure they are as they should be.  I will move from right to left looking to correct details and perhaps add a few more.  After I finish this process I look at the painting in all types of lights: morning, noon, evening, sunny and cloudy days and in different rooms, this way the lighting will not be any issue in most every day and evening settings.  I will also finish my spraying so the pastel stays in place.   It’s hard to finish a painting but after working so long with pastels you just know when it’s time to stop and if you know when to stop then you have finished the painting.

This painting will be available as a Fine Art Giclee Print .  The painting reproduction will look exactly like the original pastel  painting and would be a masterpiece work of art for any home or office.  The original painting without a frame measures 33″ Wide X  22 1/2″ High.  The painting reproduction will be very close to those measurments.

One of the main reasons I painted these magnificent animals is for everyone to be aware that Grevy Zebras are an endangered species.  The Grevy Zebras are the largest of the African Zebra’s nearly 7 feet tall with the males weighing 770 to 990 pounds.  Every Grevy Zebra has its own set of identifiing stripes that are individual to each animal.  There are no markings on their bellies and the general characteristics are their: big heads, long necks, large rouneded ears, smaller more delicated striped patterns with more distinction between the black stripes and a stripe that extend from their head main all the way down to their tails.   This species of  Zebras was given as a gift to Jules Grevy the Presdient of the Third Republic Regime of France in 1882.  Hence the species is called, Grevy Zebras.

I  love learning about animals and creating nature paintings of  beautiful Wildlife especially the “Tender Moment” between these two Grevy Zebras.

Written by :  L.A. Cline, Master Pastel Artist