Painting in Progress

By | July 11, 2012

Anat draws free handed from her mind. Then she uses 350 different colour ink pens to colour in.

She uses her imagination to create her wildlife paintings

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Vultures as art ?

By | May 23, 2012

Why not? Vultures are interesting creatures and their shape makes them ideal for art!

In southern Africa the Cape Vulture is the only endemic vulture species. In Namibia it is listed as critically endangered as there are only about 12 wild Cape Vultures left in that country.

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Pottery as Functional Art

By | May 1, 2012

Anat’s unusual and beautiful hand-shaped and painted pottery designs fit the term ‘Functional Art’.  Each piece will enhance a room if showcased under light as art (sculpture), the colourful glaze showing off the design detail, or can be used as a vase as the pots are glazed inside, allowing them to be filled with water for fresh flowers.

Having grown up in a creative family, Anat’s progression from painting to making pottery came naturally. View Anat’s selection of pottery.

Wildlife art: The Gemsbok

By | March 6, 2012

The Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) is an antelope that lives in arid areas in Southern Africa, mostly in the Kalahari desert. Read more »

New art: Helping the Baby

By | December 10, 2011

Baby elephants at birth weigh between 75 and 115kg and consume around 11litres of milk a day! The new baby is not only cared for by its own mother, but also by other females of the herd. The dependence period of a young elephant on its mother and other elders is not brief: the first 3 to 5 years it is entirely dependent on its mother, but continues the weaning process until its 10th to 13th year.

Anat’s painting in pen & ink portrays this relationship between the mother elephant and her baby.


By | October 24, 2011

Chameleons are fascinating creatures, and I was inspired to create my latest artwork by dealing with Chameleon Art Gallery in Fish Hoek, through whom my art exhibition at Kirstenbosch was held. This piece of art will be featured in their new art brochure which is currently being designed. Kalk Bay has been suffering a bit with the upgrading of the Main Road, yet this Art Gallery is maintaining its clientele. Go and visit it when you’re in Kalk Bay!

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Art Exhibition at Kirstenbosch

By | September 24, 2011

Life on Table Mountain - art by Anat Oren

Life on Table Mountain - art by Anat Oren

Some of my paintings will be on exhibition at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens art gallery in Newlands, Cape Town, from the 10th to 23rd October 2011. Read more »

The Drought

By | August 13, 2011

Camels have a better ability than most other animals to survive severe drought conditions. Their systems are able to retain water much longer and use it more efficiently, making them better suited to traveling through desert regions.

A camel can lose up to a third of its weight without being severely affected by it – this would equal around 17 days without water. Their body temperature adjusts according to the environment and their kidneys regulate the loss of water through urine so that if water is not plentiful loss of fluid is reduced drastically. It can replenish this loss amazingly quickly though, as it can consume around 100 liters of water in less than 10 minutes!

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The Desert Sun

By | July 22, 2011

Some interesting facts about camels:

  • Of the approximately 17 million camels worldwide, 90% are Dromedaries (1 hump) and only 10% are Bactrian (2 humps). Most of the Dromedary camels are in North & East Africa.
  • The humps store fat for use in lean times (not water as some people believe).
  • They can raise their body temperature to reduce water loss (body temp. varies between 34 and 41 deg C).
  • If a camel is angry, frustrated or distressed it spits – a really disgusting foul-smelling stream from its first stomach chamber. Something that you will never forget if you’ve been unfortunate enough to be at the receiving end. (Something I’ve thankfully not experienced personally!)
  • The camel can kick in any direction with both hind and front legs. Don’t get in the way of a kicking camel!

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The Cleaning Station

By | July 19, 2011

Someone told me an interesting story about the relationship between hippos and certain species of fish, which inspired my latest work. Apparently the hippos in Mzima Springs of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park go to an area where these fish are specifically to be cleaned.

The fish feed on vegetable matter/excreta voided into water by hippos:

  • A carp (Labeo) uses its wide rasping mouth to clean the hippo’s hide
  • Garra clean wounds
  • Barbus cleans cracks in the bottom of the hippo’s feet
  • Cichlids clean hippo tail bristles

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