Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Playful Contagion"

Scratchboard (36x18in. 91.5x48cm)
Original Available

"Playful Contagion" was part of the ISSA (International Society of Scratchboard Artists) exhibition held in the Stump Hill Gallery, McLaren Vale Visitors Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, from Friday, February 10 - Thursday, March 16, 2017.

The artwork is off to London as part of an invited David Shepherd Wildlife Collection in the Mall Galleries 27 June - 3 July. I initially submitted to the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, and whilst they made the last round of judging they didn't make the main exhibition in the international category "animal behaviour". Some of the artists who made the final round were initially asked to be part of a printed folder (all art for sale), but now they have decided to invite a select few of these artists to actually exhibit in the North Gallery. 50% of sales goes to wildlife conservation.

Emotional Contagion: Elephants help each other in distress, grieve for their dead, and feel the same emotions as each other - just like us. Both in the wild and in this captive study, researchers have watched other, nearby elephants react to the other elephant's distress by acting in exactly the same way. Scientists call this emotional contagion. The elephants also ran to stand beside their friend, touched her with their trunks to soothe her, and made soft chirping sounds. Sometimes one would even put her trunk inside the other's mouth, a behavior elephants find particularly comforting, the researchers say.

Reference photos (two photos) courtesy of the talented photographer John Deakin, Edinburgh. John spent some time living in South Africa, which he took these lovely photographs.

Elephant Scratchboard Artwork

In the studio, with the two entries which went to the international scratchboard exhibition in Adelaide

Karen Neal Scratchboard Artist

Closeup of the framed artwork


Progress on the scratchboard, using tattoo needles, scalpel blade and fibreglass brush

 

Closeup detaiing


I made a photoshop composition from John's elephant photos, two separate photos, and decided to flip the photos so the playful elephant was on the left.


 

 

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