Madonna and Child with Dolphins


The dolphin was an early symbol in Christian art. Because dolphins swim alongside boats, they represent Christ who guides believers to heaven. More about the dolphin as a symbol for Christ can be read here.

More importantly to me, dolphins grieve and mourn their young.  The reason I chose dolphins for this painting is simply because I’m grieving and need help. I pray that God will help me back to the surface, just as dolphins help those in distress.


Light modeling paste brushed onto hair and baby’s blanket…


Lines drawn through the wet paste for texture…

Paint rubbed over dried paste on hair and baby blanket…





Add adhesive to areas where gold foil will be added and let dry…
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Gently rub gold foil (gold side up) over adhesive to add shiny gold leaf accents…

Love the hammered look of the star…


Have a blessed first week of Advent, friends. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Scarlett
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  1. Melanie Keel

    Scarlett that is beautiful. You always amaze me! Love you more… <3

    • Love you, too, Aunt Mely. You’ve won”Best Aunt” for 2014, as you’re the only one that reads my blog! 🙂

  2. This is so beautiful — the dolphins and the woman mourning together and carrying each other to Christ. And the colors are incredible.

    I didn’t end up winning that poetry contest, but buying one of your pieces is still high on my list of things I’ll do when I have a little extra money. Some day soon. Just out of curiosity, will you be selling this one?

    • I appreciate it, friend! Bummer about the poetry contest but I sure hope you keep writing. Yeah, I will probably list this one in the Etsy shop after the holidays, it’s in an icon exhibit at Hope Chapel (Austin, TX) right now. I’m so glad you like it! Have a blessed week ~S

  3. i know God will help you surface , Scarlett. The symbolism in this
    painting is evidence that you are moving forward. It may not feel like it yet but I’m proud of you for trying. Much Love .

    • Love you, Jeana, thanks so much for your encouragement. I need it more than you know. No, it doesn’t feel like it, but I hope you’re right. <3

  4. This is absolutely lovely, Mrs. Clay! The colors all correspond beautifully. Your art is very inspirational to me and I always look forward to seeing what project you’re going to post next!

    • You’re so sweet Miss E.! Thank you for your kind words. I wish you and your family many blessings this season. <3

  5. Hi Scarlett .. I feel for you and hope that the mantle of grief will just rest gently on your shoulders, so you remember, yet can see your way. Your art is incredible and I love the way you’re always incrementing your ideas and thoughts … beautiful colours … and the dolphins taking care of lives lost …

    With many thoughts – and big hugs – Hilary

  6. Hi Hilary, you’re so kind to come over and see what I’m doing. Thank you so much for your compliments on this piece. And I love the way you worded that “rest gently on your shoulders” me an idea for another painting~ hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season <3 ~Scarlett

  7. Such a beautiful painting. Sending prayers for healing and peace.

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