My newest artwork titled “Hanging Around” is a psychedelic sloth hanging out among trippy spirals and jungle foliage. It was completed on May 9, 2020. I finished this painting while taking a very short break in between completing pet portraits. It is painted with acrylic paints on an 11″ x 14″ wood panel. The background, with all the spirals and leaves, was inspired by my artwork Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon, which I created several years ago. I really like incorporating spirals, paisley-like designs, and abstract shapes into my artwork. A larger view of the artwork can be seen in my portfolio here – Psychedelic Sloth.
This particular sloth is based on the brown-throated three toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus). They are the most common of the four species of three-toed sloth, and are found in the forests of South and Central America. They are usually the species that comes to mind when thinking of the “sloth”. I used a reference photo by Marissa Strniste on Flickr, although it was heavily modified, with lots of artistic license! You can see some closeups below. Click in the images to enlarge.
For this painting, I used Liquitex Basics and Liquitex heavy Body acrylic paints. I incorporated the use of Fluorescent Pink which give it a spectacular glow in person. Using fluorescent paints helps me to keep the colors lighter and richer than they would be otherwise if I used regular paint. Mixing the flourescent pink with orange creates a wonderful bright red color that cannot be achieved with regular paint.
There are six species of sloth. The two main types are three toed sloths, and two toed sloths. They are closely related to anteaters, and live in the trees in the tropical rainforests of South America. They are best known for their slow movements and easygoing behavior. They have become popular recently, since they are so cute and appear harmless. Their name has been given to one of the seven deadly sins, which is a shame because they are such chill creatures. Humans are so easily caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that I think we could all use a little sloth in our lives. I think we all need to take a page from the sloth’s playbook and slow down, take it easy, and learn to relax sometimes.
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This original artwork is available to purchase, contact me if you are interested.
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FineArtAmerica: In this store are wall art (art prints, framed prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, wood prints, tapestry), throw pillows fleece blankets, coffee mugs, cell phone cases, tote bags, spiral notebooks, greeting cards, and apparel. This is the best place to go for wall art and home decor items.
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