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'Tall Tales' -  A unique painting, prints also available


I was given the opportunity to draw this beautiful graceful Giraffe by our local wildlife trust Bristol Zoo Project.  This painting is going to be used on their charity Christmas cards this year, such an honour.


  • Hand painted by Samantha Clift in her home studio, using a combination of the yellows, ochres and browns for the Giraffe with some paynes grey and burnt sienna for the spots and shadows.


  • Painted in watercolour and finished with coloured pencil to add a touch of detail and precision to this piece which portrays the beauty and elegant of this beautiful and graceful giraffe.  There is something mesmerising about their huge eyes and this was my favourite part of the piece.  I love the combination of the detail and looseness and wanted the spots to gradually disappear and fade, which I think gives the painting an interesting composition.


  • Free UK delivery.  Buy with security, you get 14 days to return your painting if it doesn't fit perfectly into your home.


  • Sized 14x10inches - ready to mount and frame.


  • Signed by the Artist Samantha Clift together with a certificate of authenticity.




This Giraffe was actually a commission for christmas cards, but I have wanted to paint a giraffe in this style for a while, so it was perfect timing!


This composition was very clear in my mind after I had created the Cheetah and I knew that I wanted to allow the spots to fade away which creates the ethereal look that I love so much!


How it was created


Samantha begins by slowly building up layers of watercolour, allowing some areas to dry completely while others are added whilst wet to help spread and combine the beautiful colours together.  Once Samantha is happy with the amount of colours and depth that is created, she then works in coloured pencil, which is a match made in heaven, to add any final details and a touch of realism to this free and loose watercolour.  The final stages are splashes of colour that complement the painting and give it a flourish of movement and ethereal beauty.

'Tall Tales'

SKU: 071
  • You will receive a confirmation email once the payment has been successful.  I aim to send out your piece as soon as possible, which will be within 3 working days for originals and 7-10 working days for prints.

    Shipping rates may vary.  I have no control over when this will happen, but I will notify you before sending if the rates are significantly higher.

  • Original artwork can be returned as long as it is undamaged and in all of the original packaging.

    All returns will need to be insured to the full value of the piece as you will be fully responsible for it until it arrives back safely.  Please retain the proof of postage and I would recommend sending the item tracked.  I cannot refund items that do not arrive back or are damaged in any way.

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