Elephant in Nebraska

It's been too long since I posted here. I have been consumed with contract office jobs. Since March, I made my first large batch of greeting cards. I used poo poo paper, which consists partially of elephant dung. The paper was of inconsistent thickness, which proved challenging. 

During my slumber from internet activity, I tried to work more on developing a painterly style- using looser washes. I struggled with the shadows, but it is only after scanning it in that I see the sky looks spotty. Luckily I think my technique has improved since I did this painting. 

The themes of this sketch- a lonely western prairie, an out of place elephant and a modern wind farm in the distance makes me wonder about the place of progress and what we perceive as foreign.