Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone Collage – Black and White

Elephant bone collage on rectangle against dark background. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Bone Flare.

I mentioned in my post on Powder Bone Flare that it took a few goes to get the composition right for this. I didn’t mention that the whole concept stemmed from a rejected idea that I saw potential in after some months had passed.

That’s happened a few times lately, which prompted me to reconsider the viability of artistic ideas. Previously I’d have said that it was binary—an idea is either good or not. If it’s not good, tear it all down and start again. However, I’m beginning to think it’s more nuanced. I’m finding that almost regardless of how bad an initial draft is, with persistence I can make it work.

And to be fair, the end result might be completely different. But the distinction lies in not having to start entirely from scratch if something doesn’t seem to work at first.

It can, and normally does, take serious time and work though. But with persistent iterating and experimentation, generally something eventually emerges that resonates with my aesthetic sense.

There are three other versions of this composition:

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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