Eleanor Dreams of a Miraculous Rescue, painting of a girl standing on top of an elephant, art with girl with red umbrella and red flower, portrait of girl wtih elephant, art meaning  pachyderm, art with circus animals, art meaning rescue, art about ideaslism, art juxtapositionn, soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

This painting evolved from a photo of my niece, Eleanor. Her pose was so confident and determined, and I knew immediately that I would use it in a larger scene, although the bigger picture wasn’t clear at the time. 6 months later, I was photographing elephants at a preserve in Bali when one laid down nearby. Just looking up with soft, kind eyes. I was imagining what kind of life a captive elephant might lead, and it was then that I remembered Eleanor’s passionate love of elephants – and the photo of her. The resulting scene became a story of innocence. Of a child’s belief that she can always protect and nurture those things that she loves the most. And a prayer that the adult Eleanor’s of the world never stop cherishing whatever calls to them.

Eleanor Dreams of a Miraculous Rescue

30 x 30 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection