Artistic Intention

I was at a presentation last week where the speaker made the astonishing assertion that the difference between the work of a professional abstract artist and the smears and scribbles of a child or chimpanzee was a matter of intention. The point being I suppose that the smears and scribbles of an artist are always begun with some final result or effect in mind. Bollocks!

With that in mind, I thought I’d share this photo of an elephant painting with clear intention. I suppose if she couldn’t actually draw, she’d have to resort to something abstract.

(I’m just glad elephants can’t write. The competition is brutal enough already.)

The photograph is by Yuri Zelez and was taken at at a sanctuary in Thailand where people can visit and work with rescued elephants. You can check it out at

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