Surreal Abstract Elephant Bones With Lines – Apricot

Apricot elephant bone collage divided by vertical white lines, on blue-green background. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Apricot Memorism.

This variation came the most readily of the series. Actually, not just that, but it required unusually little work. Almost all it required was lightening up the background of the original (which itself took the usual eternity to get right).

It might seem intuitive that once the original is set up, the variations should only require minor tweaking of colors and tones. That’s rarely the case however. The reason is the brightness of a color has a huge effect on how it looks.

An intense and compelling dark blue, for instance, might look muddy and wrong with straight brightening. I normally have to play with saturation and hue also.

Anyway, my process is such that I’m grateful whenever it goes as smoothly as this one.

There’s another version with a dark blue background, which is called Memorism, and also a black and white named Gray Memorism.

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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