Gracious Elephant Squirting Moments. It's that refreshing rainy season when the ponds, rivers and swamps are brimming with clean and not muddy waters! The graceful giant, is enjoying the coolness of the weather and the water.Elephants, unlike people, do use their trunks to help them drink, but they only suck the water part of the way up and then use their trunks to squirt the water into their mouths.
Elephants are the largest land animals in the world. The largest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant. It weighed about 24,000 pounds and was 13 feet tall at the shoulder! Elephants can live to be over 70 years old, and have all the same range of emotions, memory, and intelligence as humans. The tusks are used for defense, offense, digging, lifting objects, gathering food, and stripping bark to eat from trees. They also protect the sensitive trunk, which is tucked between them when the elephant charges. In times of drought, elephants dig water holes in dry riverbeds by using their tusks, feet, and trunks. Elephant tusks have absolutely no use to anyone but the elephant. If the use of tusks as art and jewelry continues as it is now, there will be no more elephants within only 15 years. Imagine, your children and grandchildren will live in a world without elephants. Use this work of art to open conversations, to teach your children, friends and colleagues.
We can all change the world. If you see ivory for sale in a store, pretend you don't see it. Shop around, and choose the store's most expensive products. As the owner/ sales person is ringing up the windfall sale, pretend to spot the ivory for the first time. Look surprised and disappointed. Tell them you really wanted all those things, but that you just can't support any place which sells ivory. Hit them in the wallet. We can all change the world, one person at a time.
Materials are oil paint on durable, smooth hot press paper. The paper has been hot rolled or ironed during production to create a very smooth flat surface which makes it easy to draw using oil painting. Framed and ready to either hang on the wall, or sit on a table top.
Painting 6" x 8" // Framed 15.75" x 14" x 0.63"
This is the first part of a collection of paintings from Harare, Zimbabwe, curated by Valeria Tasuri, who is doing important and heartwarming work mentoring young artists. Valeria is an advocate of changing the mind-set of stereotypical communities and the negative perceptions of Africans towards their own craft and artwork. Local craft and art is often associated with ancestral worship which is, however, not factual. Valeria is a life changing, mind-set transforming, and community awareness guru, building sales and awareness through digital awareness and public relations. Valeria works with the talented artistic marginalized members of the community, especially the women and youth. Her ethos is inspiring the world through diversity.
This painting is by Moses Eye, a young artist also from Harare, Zimbabwe. Art is in his genes, having had a mother who had exceptional artistic talent and who would knit, crotchet and engrave designs on blanket covers. His grandfather was an artist who also loved painting. Both passed away but the artistic flair in them still lives on in this young man. Moses has especially mastered the art of African Wildlife and traditional living. Moses is a passionate young man who is set for the skies. His other passion besides painting is music. He sings local dance hall reggae music.
Every time you purchase a piece of art, your support resonates in ways you won't really know, but should. Imagine a world without art. Most artists joyfully give their souls to nurture yours. And artists are beyond grateful for your support. It's a win-win situation because surrounding yourself with art will lift you, and art given as a gift will be enjoyed and cherished long after other gifts are forgotten. Art is life!