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A Unique Piece Of Art!

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 14 September 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Each painting begins with the zookeepers mixing the colours (Lucy uses only non-toxic acrylic paints). Lucy has graduated from having the paintbrush placed in her trunk to choosing the brush herself. She paints as much as she wants with a certain colour, and once she is finished she hands the brush back to her keeper. The colours used and the brush strokes depend highly on Lucy’s own mood. Each piece is very different, but they all show similar lines, circles and dabs. Lucy definitely has her own style!

PENTAX K200D 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 100 285 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Veronique from Suisse/France, France

I wonder what's in her mind

14 Sep 2011 5:35am

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! One can only wonder.... ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

For sure she draws better than me.. nice catch!

14 Sep 2011 5:39am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! Like yourself, my talents lie in other areas..... ;-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Yeah, I guess there are not too many people who have a painting done by an elephant on their wall! Interesting subject ^^

14 Sep 2011 6:40am

@kitty: Thank you very much Kitty! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Lucy est une bonne artiste et elle aime les teintes douces! :)

14 Sep 2011 7:09am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! Oui, son côté féminin brille à travers,,,,, ;-)

tataray from france, France

A chacun son art !....
Bravo Lucy.))

14 Sep 2011 7:12am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Incredible !

14 Sep 2011 7:55am

@Gérard Beullac: Merci beaucoup Gerard! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Rather Lucy than me :)... did you buy one?

14 Sep 2011 8:05am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! No, I think they are out of my price range.... ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

hm ... she´s really talented! ;-)

14 Sep 2011 8:37am

@klausZ: Thank you very much Klaus! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very cool!

14 Sep 2011 8:47am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you very much Elena! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot - this is a marvelous and remarkable series!

14 Sep 2011 9:42am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Certainly unique, don't think there are any elephant artists in the UK!

14 Sep 2011 9:52am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great capture . She loves colors and the effect se makes while painting !

14 Sep 2011 10:02am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! Yes, she is very talented and colourful! ;-)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

... and a nice result also

14 Sep 2011 10:39am

@Mirjam: Thank you very much Mirjam! ;-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great artist !

14 Sep 2011 11:13am

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro! ;-)

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A wonderful capture of this incredible artist. Bravo Lucy !!!

14 Sep 2011 11:26am

@Laurette: Thank you very much Laurette! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Another masterpiece created! Well seen Eric!

14 Sep 2011 11:36am

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Incredible.... She's doing great ! Have a lovely day Eric :)

14 Sep 2011 1:01pm

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! ;-)

Karine from Loiret, France

Un artiste qui mériterait à être connu...

14 Sep 2011 1:38pm

@Karine: Merci beaucoup Karine! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

That is just so amazing and cool! I think animals are SO much smarter than we give them credit for!

14 Sep 2011 1:48pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! I agree totally! In fact animals are smarter than some of the people I know! ;-)))

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Not bad for an elephant friend! With what cost to my career finish of Fine Arts (painting) and he gets in a flash-tuples of his trunk! Thanks Eric for this privileged information ... A hug, Adela

14 Sep 2011 2:20pm

@Adela Fonts: ROFL....thank you very much Adela! Yes indeed, nobody said life was fair!! ;-)))

RBL from Oxford, United States

Amazing...how the elephant paints, great information. I've seen similair canvas paintings at art exhibits :) ! ...great capture!

14 Sep 2011 2:45pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;- )

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I think Lucy paints better than some art students I have had! ;-)

14 Sep 2011 3:32pm

@B. Thomas: ROFL.....thank you very much Barbara! ;-))

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

I wonder how would she do with your camera?

14 Sep 2011 3:34pm

@dean musgrove: LOL....probably better than I would do with a paintbrush! Thank you very much Dean! ;-))

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Wonderful paintings. A great capture. Thanks for sharing, Eric! :)

14 Sep 2011 3:46pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent

14 Sep 2011 3:55pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's beautiful - I'd love to have one of her paintings on the wall. I wonder how much they sell for. Wonderful shot Eric!

14 Sep 2011 3:55pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! I am not sure of the cost but I am sure they are quite expensive! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Picasso just turned over in his tomb...and he surely is surprise at such talent...lovely capture..

14 Sep 2011 4:48pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, it's better than a lot of work that is out there by two legged painters! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

You speak about colours and mood... really, that is inspiration!

14 Sep 2011 5:11pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! Inspired indeed! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

i wonder how they found out about her talent in the first place! a very extraordinary elephant for sure!

14 Sep 2011 5:23pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! I am not sure but it's a good question! ;-)

Kat from Lorraine, France

Du travail d'artiste, quel style !

14 Sep 2011 5:42pm

@Kat: Merci beaucoup Kat! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Hi! Did you buy this picture??? lovely style!

14 Sep 2011 5:56pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! No, I do not think it is on sale yet.... ;-)

Jani from Sweden

nice capture!

14 Sep 2011 7:27pm

@Jani: Thank you very much Jani! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
Lucy is a talented lady elephant. I would say that her painting is modern art. Another interesting photo that I like. Have a nice time and all the best. Dear greetings from Christel

14 Sep 2011 7:30pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

Lucy - you're fantastic! Do you have one of Lucy's work, Eric?

14 Sep 2011 7:51pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! No I do not own any of her work. Not all of it goes up for sale.... ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wonder of wonders - what does Lucy the elephant artist think about when she is painting?

14 Sep 2011 7:53pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! ;-))

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

It reminds me the famous painter : Boronali :-)

14 Sep 2011 7:54pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

a better artist than i am

14 Sep 2011 8:09pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! Unfortunately we are both in the same boat!! ;-))

Cruz from exurbia, United States

An original elephant masterpiece...why not? Look at some of the work of Jackson Pollock. Lucy is amazing!

14 Sep 2011 10:26pm

@Cruz: Thank you very much Cruz! Point well made! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful image of Lucy's work. ;D

14 Sep 2011 11:07pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! ;-)

Nadi from Bandar abbas, Iran

it would be better if you had captured more of elaphant,but stil its a good photo,well done;)

14 Sep 2011 11:46pm

@Nadi: Thank you very much Nadi! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is fantastic. Taken from a great angle. She is a very accomplished artist! Wonderful composition!

15 Sep 2011 12:12am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Cool Eric, I am glad we go to see one of Lucy's paintings. Not bad for a day's work...I'd buy it! :)

15 Sep 2011 12:49am

@Sandy Weston: Thank you very much Sandy! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Oh man I like the painting, that's just not fair.

15 Sep 2011 1:43am

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! Life is definitely not fair! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

I seen a couple of clips on television, showing the wonderful elephant. I really hope they
can make her last years special. She is a gem. Great photo.

15 Sep 2011 2:30am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! Yes, you are so right! ;-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

She does great work! I like the vibrant colors she is painting with!

15 Sep 2011 2:34am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you very much Scott! ;-)

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lucy rocks! We need to ask what we can all learn from Lucy. :)

15 Sep 2011 3:36am

@Barbara Kile: Thank you very much Barbara! You make a very good point! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is so darned cool! Lucy is amazing.

15 Sep 2011 9:10pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! I agree! ;-)

BBM from United Kingdom

Hey Lucy is cool!

16 Sep 2011 5:36am

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! Yes, she most certainly is! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Why not? If humans could produce their Picasso, then animals have a right to their own! That would be SOMETHING to watch, indeed!

17 Sep 2011 11:48am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes it was a wonderful experience to witness! ;-)

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Amazing!

18 Sep 2011 12:34am

@Stu: Thank you very much Stu! ;-)

PENTAX K200D
1/180 second
F/5.6
ISO 100
285 mm (35mm equiv.)

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