Dr. Eowyn, as an animal lover, this post is for you.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this indicates to me that the intelligence in the Elephant is on the same level as a human. Therefore this animal is a victim of economic slavery, since the income it earns goes to its human, not to it, except perhaps for minimal food.
Suda paints way, way better than “modern art crap” artists!
I’m absolutely in agreement with you, Eo! My major client the past 20 years is a multi-millionaire lawyer here in Victoria, BC, with an enormous collection of many artworks, mostly oil paintings, quite a few African masks, Chinese pottery, many Oriental rugs (I’d love to have some in my house, but their cost is impossible for me), Inuit carvings, antique furniture, and many smaller pieces, displayed everywhere in a large house overflowing with stuff.
But his taste is incredibly poor, especially in paintings, mostly done in the last 75 years. They are at least 80% kitsch, and not even good kitsch at that! Imagine decorating your own home, dear reader, mostly with paintings bought at week-end flea markets or off the tailgates of trucks, vans, and cars!
Back to this wonderful elephant’s creative ability: to my mind the best part of the painting is the beautifully minimal abstract way she’s depicted two elephants near the tree. I seriously doubt any human can do better, and I’ve seen a lot of Modern Art in addition to classical and traditional styles.
Another reason to vote Republican… Let’s see a jackass do the same thing!!
HA HA HA HA! Ingenious!
Can a human train an animal to have a vision?
This brings tears to my eyes! This shows how consciousness is the SAME in all species, and in all life forms. There, but for trunk and tail, go you and I, Suda and Flipper, Lassie and Flicka, Arnold and your favorite pets. It is a beautiful moment, watching Suda’s intelligence – w h i c h w a s a l w a y s t h e r e – flower in front of us, we witness both her evolution (as a spirit, soul, and artist) and in doing so, we, ourselves, elevate and evolve in our own consciousness right along at this same moment. Who, after viewing this, can possibly look at elephants, or indeed any creature, as we imagined them to be before we realized that we share their same grace, spark, and intelligence. A hundred years from now our zoos and art museums may merge into one and the same thing! Suda even TEXTURED the elephants’ skins! Such LOVE in that remarkable elephantine soul. It is long past time to STOP “hunting” (slaughtering) all of these noble and godly creations!
It’s truly remarkable that the elephants’ art trainers, called mahouts in Thailand, can, so I’ve read, adapt the centuries old Thai method for training elephants, called phajaan, to get them to paint the same painting over and over in shows. There are even human spoilers out there, so I’ve also read, who claim the elephants are constantly manipulated with trunk and ear tugs by the mahouts who control the placement of the brush and nature of the brush stroke off camera. Still, there’s more to admire in the unfathomable majesty of a living elephant’s eye than in any painting.
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