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The Symbolic Pride by Eddy Aigbe

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Title: The Symbolic Pride
Medium: Acrylics, paper, acrylic medium,polybag
Size: 40" X 30"
Ground: Boxed Canvas
Process: Brushes, pallete knife, and fingers.

This is my translation of Tatyana Binovskaya’s beautiful painting, Best Wishes 1.

Best Wishes 1.
by Tatyana Binovskaya

This translation is my attempt at depicting this magnificent mammal, beautiful, strong, emotional, vunerable, defensive, wise, unforgetful, to name but a few attributes, in all it’s complicated glory.

Grand To Be An Elephant – By Wayne Hepburn

How grand to be an Elephant, yessireeeee;
As strong and brave as anyone can beeeee;
And smart, and kind, you must agreeeee,
So swell and grand, it simply seems to meeeee,
That everyone should an Elephant want to beeeee.

OH! How grand to be a mighty pachyderm,
It’s quite a bit handsomer than a worm.

I could have ended up a bumble bee;
Instead He made me just the way I ammmm,
So big I can unearth a giant treeeee,
And no one dares turn me into a hammmm.

An Elephant, it’s truly fine to beeeee;
For nothing else on earth from A to Zeeee,
Quite compares to the lovely likes of meeeee-eee.
I surely must be nature’s apo-geeeee.

I’ve tried to think of a better thing but cannnnn’t;
The very best thing to be is an El-eeeee-phannnnnt.

copyright1997 Wayne Hepburn All rights reserved


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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 3 years ago

    Wow this is so beautiful Edy. Congratulations on this amazing translation.

  • Thanks Anthea, it’s a big relief to hear a lovely comment like this

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • ArtPearl
    ArtPearlover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Edy! What a celebration for the eyes, mind and heart. Very moving.

  • Thanks Pnina, I’m very pleased that you enjoyed viewing this & noteably, you have been one of my recent inspirations :)

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    OMG.. record time.. you are amazing artist dear Eddie!! every part of this canvas speaks!

  • Linaji, your words are very gratifying, thank you very much!

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Leslie :)

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Robyn, Wow! This is a really big honor!!!

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Wow! Liz, what a very pleasant comment, thank you! :)

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeover 3 years ago

    This whole piece is AMAZING!! All of the details and symbolism is fantastic! Congratulations on a brilliant translation!

  • Thank you very much, I was only paying my humble respect to a very Majestic Animal!

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • kenroome
    kenroomeover 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous work. I find it quite amazing how you have depicted the elephant, walking through the horizons of time, across all the symbols humans have used to represent the cosmic power(at least that’s what I see). But the image that I kept coming back to is in the background upper left of the man standing over the elephant in some kind of power over ritual, death? or other using. This is just me, but I find it sad and humorous as the case may be, that humans believe they have dominated the animal, when in fact, the animals are just humoring us until we come into a more natural state of living.

    Your painting is amazing!

  • Your aesthetic depth & understanding is utterly amazing! You have painted (in words) everything that I wanted to show through this painting & even more. I cherish your comments for their immense inspiration, thank you very much!

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 3 years ago

    This is a painting I would have on my wall. Great composition and color!!!!! Well done!!!!!

  • Missed you in this workshop, thanks for your awesome comment!!!

    – Eddy Aigbe

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynneover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous painting, Edy. You should be proud of this work . Huge congratulations!

  • Indeed I am but, even more proud am I, that I can do it with colleagues like you! Thank you very much :)

    – Eddy Aigbe

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