The Blue Elephant In The Natural

The Blue Elephant In the Natural 2014 (Oil on Canvas - 240cm by 180cm) 


The name of the piece is rather metaphoric, when I was at the coast in Skegness, I saw a boat yard which was surrounded by these steely blue railings and at the time I was trying to capture more of range of narratives, which included capturing some man-made features within the natural.


The impression I got was of these cumbersome, ugly metal railings in amongst this natural beauty, which was being lost in the translation. I thought of a large clumsy elephant simply sitting there, not realising that it was distracting from what was around it, not acknowledging that it was, perhaps, drawing some focus away from the complexity and beauty of the natural landscape which failed to engulf it.

© Daniel Goodchild 2020

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