This was the beginning sketch for the gift I made my mom for Mothers Day. We took Belly Dancing together over the Winter and had taken Yoga before and she became really into this particular Hindu God. This elephant is "Ganesh" the remover of obstacles.
I traced my sketch onto this balsa wood/foam. Then i used clay tools to carve a relief into the block in the shape of the elephant. I carved the background back about half an inch.
After carving for what seemed like forever, I finally got to start painting it! My moms favorite color is purple so I decided to make Ganesh's body purple. I used metallic paint for his jewelry. I love the contrast that the gold and the purple provide.
The piece was then finished with a gloss coat; It now hangs on the wall of my house and my mom just loves it. I'm glad.