Wil's Testament

Elephant Paints Self Portrait

   Tue, April 1, 2008 - 12:37 PM
I think this is amazing.



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Tue, April 1, 2008 - 1:47 PM
WOW !!!!!!!!
and what a firm 'hand' .. amazing indeed ..
Tue, April 1, 2008 - 2:00 PM
Wonderful !isn't it crazy that humans think we're the only intelligent species?
Tue, April 1, 2008 - 4:29 PM
thanks wil, what a treat!
Tue, April 1, 2008 - 5:51 PM
WONDERFUL, thanks Wil.
Tue, April 1, 2008 - 8:44 PM
yes, the wide-angle director's cut is going to be great.
Dumbo did some great 'ear' paintings as well.
Tue, April 1, 2008 - 11:22 PM
It looks to me like he has been tought to "copy" this image. but hey, you can see he is particular about his line, and goes over them twice to correct faded colour and such..
So the elephant is clearly interested in "getting it right".

My 7 year old and I watched this clip, just before she went to school. It saddens me to think that if she tells in school that "elephants can paint pictures of elephants" she will be told that it isn't true,- and that no animal can paint..- It wouldnt be the first time that what she learns here at home is completely negated in school..
It pains me to send her to school at all-
Wed, April 2, 2008 - 12:05 AM
Hmm, nice linework, but the perspective is atrocious.
Wed, April 2, 2008 - 12:07 AM
Er, I meant proportion...
Wed, April 2, 2008 - 6:31 PM
That is breathtaking
Thu, April 3, 2008 - 7:50 AM
Very cool way to raise money! Here's some additional info:

Thu, April 3, 2008 - 8:25 AM
Cool! Thanks ROb. I figured it had to be true. I'm sure they are taught a lot, but it seems obvious to me that their own artistic sensibilities have got t be involved.
Thu, April 3, 2008 - 3:00 PM
that clip is from a series in the uk called Extraordinary Animals, which I thoroughly recommend viewing.
Unfortunately, the elephant's portrait paintings are, shall we say, guided by the trainer while they paint.
However, left to their own merits they can still produce some great art.

I believe the entire show can be viewed here:


(I hope that link works!)
Thu, April 3, 2008 - 4:13 PM
Thanks Chontler! The truth turns out to be less astounding, more interesting, and, i thought, very funny. Amazing animals. Great story of economic interspecies cooperation, as well as artistic collaboration.
Wed, April 9, 2008 - 6:05 AM
thanks wil! isn't ... life grand?
Wed, May 21, 2008 - 1:41 PM
amazed and sad
Although i was amazed, I also found it quite disturbing, i've yet to work out why?
Sun, October 26, 2008 - 11:18 AM
thanks Wil ,
i just watched one of these you tube vids of an elephant painting an elephant holding a flower .I spent half the time being cynical ,thinking this is set up ,then i realised yes this elephant is painting ! & i started crying ....its very humbling & also sad to think of what sensibilities animals have & yet people treat them so cruelly . it doesn't matter that they have been trained to paint ,it still is revealing in the nature of animals ,way beyond what we can imagine . And i have seen how hard some animals are forced to work in places like India ,so painting for a living i think is a far far kinder option . I know what i would prefer ,painting all day rather than lugging backload after backload from morning till night of stones & concrete ......think on!
thanks again Wil ~ this should be shared ,its thought provoking
love & light
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