Jumbo sized would be the short answer.
|I saw this painting done in 10 minutes with my own eyes|
Ok, some of them might have scored a 'Well done!' at kindergarten level, but others would have turned real artists a nice vermilion green with envy, jing jing.
One of the local staff, Mui, gave me a bit of background which confirmed my worst fears about primadonna pachyderms. "Elephants have many, many emotions," he said. "Some are a bit naughty." He believes dolphins are the most intelligent animal, followed by elephants. "Emotion like a dog."
"They train every day ... we have school. Practice about 1-2 hours per day."
Once they can handle the brush, they learn the order of the strokes by heart. Some elephants have a naturally distinctive style ... some do dots, some do lines, and others, well, it's just abstract daaaahling.
Talk about selling out! Mercenary behaviour!!!
The paintings produced each day typically sell for something like 2-6,000 baht. But the most expensive painting by an elephant here went for 1,500,000 baht (that's US$50,000). Entitled Cold Wind, Swirling Mist the masterpiece took six hours to complete.
Just don't pat me on the head and feed me bananas, because I've got a big ego.
See more amazing Thailand elephant paintings here: www.gallerymaesa.com