Surreal Abstract Elephant Bone Collage – Orange and Blue-Green

Black and white elephant bone collage on orange rectangles, against blue-green background. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Orange Endobrume, a low-key take on Endobrume, which is much lighter with quite a different atmosphere to it.

I’d like to chalk any successful art I do up to sheer talent and skill (though ‘successful’ is a tricky term, being that art is so taste-dependent with no objective good. But let’s say it means a piece meets my sense of aesthetic). And further, the ideal trajectory should be: conceive idea > execute > stand back and admire.

The reality is more like: see vague glimmer of idea > execute it as far as it goes > hopefully still see potential > experiment and iterate > get tired eyes and lose all sense of reality > persist and get to a point that looks good > wake up next day horrified you thought that was good, but with fresh eyes informing the next creative decision > repeat process until finished, hopefully with not too many false finishes that need further work along the way.

And throw in the odd serendipitous technical flub that actually leads to a better or alternative direction. That exact thing happened on this picture. Initially the colors were more primary and bold till I noticed my histogram was clipping for a huge area, and had to change it. After trying to replicate the first look but without the technical problems, I noticed the slightly faded, more pastelly look you see here was actually pretty cool, which prompted a whole change of direction.

There’s one further version of this composition: White Endobrume, which is black and white, and tonally similar to Endobrume.

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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