Giraffe and Flamingo from the Los Angeles Zoo

I’ve been working on some of my “animal shots” from the Los Angeles Zoo. I worked both the giraffes and flamingos into abstract sunset features for a children’s book I’m working on (click on the link back to that post). Today I’m sharing one of a giraffe and a flock of flamingos where I used a very traditional oil painting style, which is a 180 from the prior look I created with them.

I was testing several different styles as I was doing the abstract approach and as part of that process created these two prints. Although not what I was looking for in the project, I actually liked the final result on these two prints for completely different reasons. I think a lot of animals make great subjects for photography and art prints and can be presented in different manners depending on the look you like and/or need.


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30 thoughts on “Giraffe and Flamingo from the Los Angeles Zoo

  1. Writing to Freedom

    I love both images. The soft blurred tones create an interesting effect, making the animals more distinct in an artistic way. And I can see why you didn’t pick them for a children’s book. The bold colors and simple lines work better for the book.

  2. Dan Antion

    The Giraffe is very nice, Kirt. The flamingo isn’t showing up in my browser – I’ll try again later. The giraffe has a “yeah, whatever Mr photographer” stance.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Absolute Sue. Reading and writing has always been a part of my life along with my art. With our first grandchild during her first year it just hit me to do a children’s book. I wrote one specifically for her first year and had my niece illustrate it (art major). Then I was prompted by a fellow blogger to use one of my prints for a children’s book and thus the seed was fully planted.


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