Thursday, September 22, 2016

Here Come The Elephants

It is Elephant Appreciation Day! So, in honor of the elephants I did a quick sketch of a baby elephant learning to use it's truck for Day 22 of the 30-30 challenge. Did you know that elephants have 40,000 muscles and tendons in their truck? It takes a baby elephant about a year to figure out how to use all of those muscles. They often trip over their own truck as it gets in the way.

Elephants are not only the largest land mammal but they can move at a pretty amazing speed, up to 35 mph. The head of a herd of elephants is the oldest female. Elephants really do have an amazing memory, the oldest female will know the best locations to find water, food or to hide. Elephants are social and highly intelligent, being self-aware. They are protective of their young and each other.

Elephants in Botswana
Here are a few elephant sketches, paintings and photographs. Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!!!

Day 22 - Appreciating Elephants

"Never Forget" oil on canvas, 12X36"

"Leaving" hand pulled lithograph limited edition

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