In folklore, selkies are mythological creatures, seals who can shed their skin to become human
…from wikipedia The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands, where selch or selk(ie) is the Scots word for seal (from Old English seolh).

Selkies are able to become human by taking off their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting it back on. Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Other times the human will hide the selkie’s skin, thus preventing them from returning to seal form. A selkie can only make contact with one particular human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. Examples of such stories are the ballad, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry, the movie The Secret of Roan Inish and Ondine.

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about The Selkie Princess

Originally a pencil drawing (mechanical pencil on acid free sketch) I’ve photographed the original drawing and painted it using my Wacom Tablet and Photoshop CS4…there are lots of layers and one additional brush used from Crackle Burn

The Selkie Princess has things of the sea hidden in her hair, an octopus or squid, a whale and a dolphin and seaweed

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

    How lovely Karin….she’s really beautiful….

  • Hi Janis, thank you so much :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turneralmost 4 years ago

    awww….she’s lovely!

  • thank you so much Tara! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 4 years ago


  • thank you so much dear Patricia ;)

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  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisalmost 4 years ago

    Very Beautiful…

  • thanx heaps Shelly!! :)

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  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Karin! Love the softness and muted colors. )

  • aw, thank you so much!! :)

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  • Kristy Spring-Brown
    Kristy Spring-...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of art Karin! She is exquisite.

  • thank you so much Kristy!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    How beautiful she is. Exquisite work.

  • thank you very much Bunny! :)

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  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 4 years ago

    So lovely Karin.

  • thanx so much Rosalie! :)

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  • noone265
    noone265almost 4 years ago

    She is gorgeous and thanks for the background. I have never heard of these creatures before. :)

  • aw, thank you so muchly!!…i had only heard of them once before, as there was a movie about them…just saw the promo ads…but i realised i’d put seals in her hair (or concealed seals lol) so it was meant to be, that rather than a mermaid (which i at first thought) she would be a ‘selkie’ or a ‘silkie’ …hugs x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Valentina D
    Valentina Dalmost 4 years ago

    SO delicate and exquisitely beautiful.Hope you are safe and well with rain etc in your part of eastern Australia.Vxo

  • Hi V…thank you so much, yep we are all aok..there are some other bubblers who are much nearer the Brisbane area who I’m concerned about tho…I just hope they are all ok too .. hugs xox

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