Elephant Dreams by © Karin  Taylor

Elephant Dreams by karin
Digital Collage
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Two little elephants, resplendant in colourful body paint and lotus accessories tied around their middles, but what are they doing?

….they are dreaming of sailing away together in an origami boat, i know i know! …elephants are waaaaay too heavy for paper boats…but this is
just make believe after all :) …it might even be
their wedding day for all we know! it does look
a bit like a ceremony. Anyone else care to take
a guess at what’s happening here…..? feel free..

about the process
this was such an interesting and fun piece to work on

the background
each of the houses is a small photograph of a house design in relief, made my sticking matches into wet gesso (thick acrylic paint) and I’ve joined about 50 pieces together

the elephants
i worked in layers, layer upon layer creating the elephants first…then i did a cut out of the first ellie using the houses and reversing the colours .. i drew the lotus flower and everything actually with a wacom tablet and pen in PS4

the origami boats
I drew these separately and left some spare, some coloured…the leaves are borrowed from a previous digital collage I did recently… the textures are some of my own from old books, others from crackle burn.

  1. Just a guess, these might make nice wedding, valentines day or anniversary gifts, the design is available for sale as greeting cards, matted prints, postcards, laminated prints, mounted prints, canvas prints, framed prints and posters

Copyright Notice
All rights reserved © Karin Taylor 1965 – 2013*
Contact email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com*
These images are the exclusive property of myself, Karin Taylor and are protected under the Australian and International Copyright laws. These images must not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of myself, Karin Taylor.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Karin this is so wonderful! I adore these warm tones- almost a batik quality, and the amazing texturing- The lotuses on their backs…the paper boats adrift…their eyes look in love to me… a lovely Elephant wedding for sure xxx

  • what a lovely lovely response, thank you so much Rosie, this was such a different colour at one point and i wasn’t happy with it, so the warm tones came into play right at the end…i’m really happy you like it. The lotus’s were last minute also, but they represent a pure love, so i think that they are really sweet and appropriate in this instance…i had immense fun creating the origami boats, because for a couple of years, my mind has longed to be able to draw these and finally I have accomplished it! lol…i thought it would be so hard, but it wasn’t too bad after all :) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • kruzmeister
    kruzmeisterover 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful my friend, you astound me with the sheer brillance of your creations, just amazingly gorgeous!! Like the artist behind them! :) xo

  • Hi Simone, it’s great to see you & thanx so much for your lovely kind comments too…you made me feel so good :) xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • GoWabbit
    GoWabbitover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Karin.

  • Thanks so much Jul!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Racheli
    Racheliover 4 years ago

    WOW Karin, exquisite composition of colours and theme, Bravo!

  • thank you so much Racheli! really pleased you like it!! :) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful work, its very ethnic looking with the wonderful effects- The ellies are so cute !! I like the idea of them sailing away in paper boats :)) xx

  • thank you so much Anita, i really enjoyed the process today…big hugs ;) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Karin! Lovely warm colors…and I love the boats and texture. I’ll go with the wedding idea and the boats are like rice/bird seed/confetti raining down. :-)

  • thank you so much KM .. i love your idea of confetti paper boats….how special that would be ;) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 4 years ago

    beautiful Karen

  • thank you so much Lynnette, that means a lot to me ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    :) wat to dream for…beauutiful elephants already there, treasures. ha super good!

  • thank you so much LisaBeth, for such a lovely comment! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, outstanding work Karin

  • thank you so much Thea! ;) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • thank you so much Scotty! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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