The idea for this bear sprang to mind at the end of a long run – where it seems most of my ideas come from. The words, Maharajah Elephant popped up in my noggin, and the idea of a bear dressed up in colonial Indian finery added a spark to my day. I searched for ‘maharajah elephant’ as well as ‘painted elephant’ and had a pachyderm visual feast before me. Talk about doubly inspired!
The carpet under the people-carrier is lotus themed as the lotus is the symbol of purity and rebirth while the red background is a symbol of power and spirituality, of protection and commitment, quite apt for a bear reincarnated with Elephas maximus indicus traits. To see the painted bear along with its other ursus brethren please visit my Tumblr site: 50 States of California. Cheers!