Friday, October 1, 2010

I.F.-Beneath

Ghost of the Bayou - Greg Newbold 9" x 24", acrylic

Beneath the surface of the water lies lurking a silent death.... whatever. This painting was done for Utah's Hogle Zoo for their special exhibit Ghost of the Bayou which featured "Antione", a leucistic American alligator. Leucistic is not a true albino condition, thus the electric blue eyes. This painting was accepted into the 50th Annual Society of Illustrators Annual among other awards.




He was found along with his 17 brothers and sisters in a bayou outside of New Orleans in 1987. Born without skin pigment, it was feared that the babies would not survive long in the wild because of an inability to conceal themselves from predators or survive the threat of constant sunburn. They were captured and taken to the New Orleans Zoo to reside.At last report, nine of them are still living today. It was really fun to paint this creature and even more fascinating to see him in real life. One of the great living oddities of nature. Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.

Read more about Antione here

13 comments:

Junko Miyakoshi said...

Wow beautiful piece! Love the color and composition :)

Cheers,
Junko

michele said...

Lovely and mysterious! :o)

mariella said...

stunning!

Chad Grohman said...

That split color works so well. Great pallet.

Marion Eldridge said...

Fabulous! Absolutely gorgeous! Love the palette - mysterious and moody. Great, great composition too!

Janet Dibbydabby.com illustrator said...

This is lovely thank you for sharing your art and the story behind it.

lucrezia said...

Very graceful composition and lovely colors!

artistaggie said...

Stunning -- and inspirational, as always! :-D

Juan said...

Excellent illustration!!!

Linda Hensley said...

Nice. Love the composition.

Greg Newbold said...

Thanks everyone. The vertical composition was created to accommodate the six foot tall street banners on which it appeared. Quite a challenge, but I think it worked out well.

Chibi Janine said...

A truly delightful illustration, this critter is wonderful to look at.

poppylocke said...

Wow, what an amazing animal, and fantastic illustration!