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Elephants by Sydney and Grandma

When our grandchildren were visiting for the weekend, my grand daughter Sydney painted one the Beanie Boo animals - an elephant.  I'm trying to work with her on "drawing exactly what she sees," and drawing the trunk was hard because it was protruding toward us.  But I love the character of her elephant and the creative painting!

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My most recent elephant was drawn and "colored" with only a black Neocolor II watercolor crayon.  And I think that I still have more unused or seldom used tools or media to try. 

Last week the PBS show Nature had an amazing one hour program about a matriarch elephant named Echo.  There are so many wonderful babies that are part of the big family and now I need to sketch several generations.  It was beautifully filmed and Echo and her family were followed for 35+ years. 

The link is to the full online video episode and I recommend it to everyone.  The image below was drawn by pausing the video and sketching from it and in the process I fell in love with elephants all over again.

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Comments

You definitely have a budding artist in the family - I think she did a fine job with the trunk - she drew what she saw, I think. And yours is quite good. I could see him strolling around in a circus tent.

That's such a cute elephant! :D I like your 'matured' version too Shirley, but I love drawing cartoon elephants for some reason ^^

Well it looks like you girls had a great day together, and Sydney is doing a fabulous job with her drawing. I love the eyes and ears on the elephant, Sydney!

Well it looks like you girls had a great day together, and Sydney is doing a fabulous job with her drawing. I love the eyes and ears on the elephant, Sydney!

Good to start them early ;) creativity runs in the family!

Some of my daughter's favourite memories are of doing bedtime story drawing with their father. Instead of a book they had a large sketchbook (24' x 30") that they all drew on together.
while making up the story or retelling a favourite one. In our case Lowly worm.
I also love the elephants.
I first came across your blog via your blue hippo drawings and have enjoyed it.
Thanks for sharing

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