Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lost in thought

Here is a quick A4 size oil painting I did some time ago.I really liked the contrasts,and the abstract shapes in this composition and wanted to paint it.During our stay in Kasane I had many opportunities to collect reference material of elephants for future paintings.Since we had a  water hole only a few meters in front our thatched house, we were spoilt with many elephants visiting us.Some of the bull elephants got quite use to us and despite us moving around and talking they would remain nearby.It was only the breeding herds of elephants that would approach the water hole suspiciously  and when finished  would quickly melt back into the bush.Elephants are still one of my favorite animals.

Some would say that if you have seen one elephant you have seen them all.Such a person just hasn't been among elephants,and hasn't watched and studied them.If you get to know a herd of elephants or a few individuals,you will soon see that the all have different personalities.Also unlike many other animals, elephants are more like humans in the fact that they have emotions .Excitement, happiness and joy  can be seen when an elephant is reunited again with its companions,or stress ,and mourning when a elephant  dies.
Elephants at the waterhole.


Its always exiting to watch elephants,and their interaction with each other in the wild,I hope more people around the world get the opportunity to enjoy that.

10 comments:

belle said...

Interesting experience, never knew about elephant emotions, cute... love the dark shade of the painting, nice one.

Jeremy Pearse said...

Nicely done Roger, one of my favorites of your paintings.

Jesus Estevez said...

love the texture on the elephant , great job,cheers

Brad Miedema said...

Love it Roger! I really like the way you cropped the image!

martinealison said...

Bravo pour cette magnifique oeuvre ... Un bel hommage à nos amis les éléphants... Vous avez capturé à la perfection sa peau.
gros bisous

Art with Liz said...

A beautiful painting of a wondrous animal.

Andrew said...

It looks amazing. I like Elephants a lot too.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thank you all for the great comments!

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Yvonne said...

I love this picture Roger, the detail around the eye and tusk, the shading is just perfect!