Baby Elephant Walk


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Daniel Smith watercolor on Hahnemühle Burgund Postcard. Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 and Princeton Velvetouch Long Round size 6. Photo reference courtesy of BDougherty on Pixabay.

Today my hubby took a Baby Elephant in his lunch bag.

Did you know a baby elephant weighs around 250 pounds and is about three feet tall? I was present to watch the birth of the elephant Packy, born in 1962 at the Portland, Zoo. Sometimes, my father, who worked at the Zoo would let me feed the elephants. I tried to give baby Packy an apple. At that time, he was too small to hold it in the tip of his trunk so he wrapped his trunk around it — and around my hand! I tried to remove my hand, and he thought I was taking the apple back and wouldn’t let go. We played tug of war for a while before he finally got the apple and I got my hand.

Tools Used and Where to Buy Them

Hahnemuhle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough 120lb (review)

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

DANIEL SMITH Blues- Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Set of 6

DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15

Princeton Short-Handle Neptune Squirrel Quill Size 4

Princeton Velvetouch Synthetic Brush Long Round

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

19 thoughts on “Baby Elephant Walk”

  1. Cute! and now I have that song stuck in my head (but of course, it’s the horrible piano rendition of it that I did as a kid!).

  2. How lucky you were, Sandra, to see Packy’s birth and have such a wonderful experience feeding him. I just remember seeing him when we visited Portland Zoo many years later. I do love how you embellished your baby elephant in seasonal splendor! Always so enjoyable to see your art in the morning!

  3. This is just beautiful. I love how you put your colors together and are so expressive in what you paint. Such a wonderful memory.. I really enjoying your work

  4. What a memorable story, Sandra, to have witnessed the birth of an elephant ad then have it eating out of your hand. Nearly eating your hand as well – made me laugh but I bet you were a bit concerned at the time. The painting is beautiful, such an adorable baby elephant. Your lucky, lucky hubby.

  5. Well, how did I miss that your Father worked at the ZOO! Now everything I know about you is making sense! ha!
    Love the Packy story!!! And LOVE the painting….especially how you kept the angular, playful lines on the wrinkle elephant calf to the autumn leaves….so effective and animated. You are such a wonderfully fresh and compelling artist!

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