I was given a bunch of art for my birthday this year, it will all eventually make it on the blog… but here are two really cool re-purposed scraps of wood that were painted with… what now? SALAMANDERS!! Recycling and salamander art? Can’t get much better than that. I particularly like the one with the beer bottle cap eyes.
I found Leah Jay’s artwork when I was looking for artwork that captures the conservation of salamanders. Her artwork is… poetry. The use of watercolors and words to look like a combination of naturalist paintings and street art is just wonderful. I selected some works to share, but if you want to spend some time browsing, I recommend going to her website and going through her galleries. She has put together a book of her art in order to spread awareness about the amphibian extinction crisis.
Many zoos, as enrichment for the animals, have the animals creating paintings. When this first started, a few of the paintings would be auctioned off at special events, just for giggles, and they always sold extremely well. Now most zoos use the paintings as a funding source (you can find them in the gift shops, some are sold online, and some smaller zoos will even let you request a custom painting from a specific animal… for a hefty price).
I have had the pleasure of being involved in painting enrichment sessions (with reptiles, with rhinos, and with birds) and, actually, they seem to get a kick out of it. Some of the more personable turtles, particularly, like slapping the paint around.
I do enjoy the reptile paintings. I really love (which you can’t find images of online) the alligator (it might be a caiman, I can’t recall) paintings from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. You can see it used the top of the tail and has the texture of the ridges. I need to pick one up next time I am there.