Thursday, October 8, 2015

African Elephant

Out of the Blue - Watercolor Batik - 12X16 - Sold

According to National Geographic,  "Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years."  China is ivory's largest market.

Sometimes I like animals more than I like people.


35 comments:

  1. Sad to hear indeed, thanks and greetings to you.

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    1. The good part is that many are trying to help. Some reserves in Africa are putting permanent dye (sometimes hot pink!) on elephants' tusks and on the horns of rhinos. It's very expensive, though, and stressful for the animals because they have to be tranquilized. But just bringing attention to it will encourage the right people to act. There are so many opportunities to help people and animals in our crazy world...

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  2. Chris, this is beautiful and I love the details! It is sad what China does to so many animals for their fur, ivory, food and even Chinese medicine.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I just love how you feature so many stories about animals on your blog, and really appreciated today's video on the horse sanctuary here in Oregon. I plan on driving down there to take a look.

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  3. Your rendering of this incredible creature is wonderful!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this BEAUTIFUL rendition!

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  5. I adore elephants, too. An elephant piece I did not to long ago is going to be auctioned off to benefit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I'm a bigger fan of elephants than most people as well.

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  6. this techniques works wonderfully to get that wrinkly rough looking texture to the elephant :)

    100,000 animals for giant teeth :/

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  7. Thanks, Jennifer Rose. Yeah, this stuff is almost unbelievable until you remember that money makes the world go round...

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  8. I cant get over the eyes. What a wonderful job you did of capturing the intelligence of the elephant.
    Elephants really are remarkable. I have always loved the fact that they recognize themselves in a mirror.
    Only humans, magpies, apes and dolphins can do that.
    Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I didn't know elephants and a small handful of other animals recognize themselves in mirrors. Most people probably underestimate the intelligence of animals.

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  9. I can't imagine why anyone would want to hurt these innocent elephants!! So sad.....!!!! You painted this SO beautifully Chris!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. I don't understand that either.

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  10. Hello Chris,
    This is so wonderful. A fantastic paint.
    Great how you've done this so well and clever how you've made this skin. Very impressive!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Appreciate your kind comment!

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  11. Looking sad and so impressive! I love this animal and true , it s so sad to see species like this disappear.
    I want to thank you also for your generous demo on watercolor batik. Hope I have time to try it someday, but even if I don t, it s very interesting to see how you work. Have a great weekend, Hugs

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    1. You're welcome for the demo, Helen. If you give it a try and have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me - anytime.

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  12. Gentle giant. Absolutely well painted. Love your work!

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  13. I love the painting, Chris. The colours are so beautiful and subtle!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I love your watercolors!

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  14. I am with you Chris, sometimes I like animals more than humans!! Such a lovely painting of a beautiful animal!

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  15. Ah Chris I can relate. Those magnificent animals should be appreciated. Your painting is fabulous. Can feel your heart in this piece. Have a super week.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Hope you have a great week, too!

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  16. Wow, I missed this beauty. I had no idea that that many elephants were being killed. It is really sad that people have such cold hearts.

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    1. Thank you, Dee. It is sad, but so many people are stepping up and helping them now. Hope remains.

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  17. Beautiful portrait of an African elephant, Chris. You are so good at using art for the right purposes, raising awareness of this horrific state of affairs. It's easy to feel that way about animals because they are so accepting, loyal, protective, never in a mood, etc, etc. A fitting tribute.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Yes, we have dominion over the creatures of the earth, but some people really lack any responsibility or integrity. On the other hand, sorrows like this cause others to step up and help them.

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  18. Such a beautiful painting. The statistics for the elephant poachers is shocking. I hate to hear this.

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