Elephant Art: Get A Painting Made By An Elephant

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Do you like elephants? We're looking after them better now aren't we. Watch this lovely short film to find out about how special and intelligent elephants are.

TED-Ed Originals: 'Why Elephants Never Forget' - Alex Gendler

Elephants are still endangered and mistreated, but things have really changed for the better now too and there are now many inspiring elephant sanctuaries, orphanages and rehabilitation centers throughout Asia and Africa.  

Teaching elephants to paint is one of the better ways people have used in to make money from elephants in recent years, and it is usually in order to fund elephant sanctuaries, where elephants who have been mistreated or abandoned can stay and be rehabilitated and have a happy life. 

When elephants ability to be trained to paint was first discovered, it was a godsend, because it was such a good way to show how special elephants are, and get money and attention to help them. 

Numerous elephants since learned to paint in Asia, and thousands of news stories have brought the story of this endangered species to the world's attention. Of course many more elephants have been rescued and rehabilitated because of that.
Elephant paintings and watching them paint as a tourist attraction has been really popular, but although elephants are naturally intelligent, curious and playful, the training to make them paint specific objects like flowers and trees was strict and laborious, often including physical punishment like sticking a nail into them.

The TECC (Thai Elephant Conservation Center) was one of the first places to train elephants to paint but they realized that they didn't need to do that. The TECC now just teach the elephants the basics and let them paint in their own style. It only takes them about two weeks to learn that, and they found that that people liked the elephants own creative abstract paintings much more. 
As Novica have said here: 
"At the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), elephants are able to paint by their own free will, without human guidance. They’re simply trained to learn the technical skills of painting: gripping the brush and staying within the boundaries of the canvas. After training, the elephants are encouraged to paint freely, making brushstrokes and doodles that are unrecognizable by humans – but creating masterpieces of abstract art."
The TECC Abstract Elephant Paintings have been compared to the works of famous human abstract artists like Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning and Frans de Kline! 
Some of the elephant paintings have been auctioned for thousands at venues such as Christie's. The TECC is now the most well-known sanctuary for it's elephant paintings. And you can buy yourself one here from Novica!

Watch the video about the Thai Elephant Conservation Center and See some elephants painting!

Abstract Art

Abstract art paintings are 'energy paintings', like raw art, coming from the impulses and subconscious.
But of course, it's normally done by humans! Abstract art paintings can express emotions, feelings, impressions, thoughts, physical sensations, instincts, concepts and memories direct from the subconscious. 
Elephants and other animals can't naturally understand or do, complex things, but they can definitely experience all of those kinds of things. 
Who knows what was going on with them when they painted them. It's really interesting though, because they're like looking at clouds or tea leaves. You can see things in them can't you. 
"Sustainable capitalism is not a trend. It's a long-term progression that mankind has brought us to." ~ Arif Naqvi

Which elephant painting would you buy? Have a look and decide. 
You can also buy beautiful Paintings OF Elephants, done by HUMAN ARTISTS from all over the world available from Novica! See some below.
"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want" ~ Anna Lappe    

Watch this lovely, funny, classic Franz de Waal TED Talk about Moral Behavior in animals below! If you haven't seen it before, I promise you'll love it and be glad you did! Thank you 🌸 πŸŒπŸ˜

Frans de Waal Moral Behavior In Animals TED Talk

Novica Paintings of Elephants by Human Artists

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