Madonna and Child with Dolphins

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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.

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


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Lines drawn through the wet paste for texture…
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Paint rubbed over dried paste on hair and baby blanket…
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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…
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Love the hammered look of the star…
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Have a blessed first week of Advent, friends. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Scarlett
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Miniature Sea Paintings

I recently purchased this new duvet cover from Pottery Barn.  I love butterflies!

But the picture over my bed doesn’t really go with my room anymore so I want to paint something to replace it. I bought a large 30″ x 40″ blank canvas, but I wasn’t brave enough to take my brushes to it right off.

These pale colors are calm and peaceful to me.  I get this same feeling when I see paintings of the ocean.

I used these miniature canvases to practice painting my own ocean scenes before I tackle the big one.

I mixed up some acrylic paint to match the colors of the duvet.

The first canvas was really simple, just three strips of color.

For the second one, I tried to paint a more interesting shoreline and add more color into the sky.

Neither one of these were really what I was aiming for so I added some gel medium into the mix.  The medium thickens the paint and creates texture.

I began by painting the entire surface with medium…

Using the palette knife, I blocked in the shore.

 

And then continued with the sea, some tree-like shapes, and sky.

Added some white with the edge of the palette knife for waves…

Looking through my art book on William Turner,  I found this ship and used it as a guide to add a tiny one onto my canvas…

 

For the final sample, I tried to paint an ocean sunset.  I smeared on the color with the palette knife just like the last one. I really love the texture of the gel medium!

Then I scraped some paint off of the sky with the palette knife. Just a few small places near the base of the sky.

To demonstrate that I’m a self-taught artist once again, I used a Q-tip to rub some yellow into the areas that were scraped away.

These were fun to paint and now I have a much better idea of what I want to do on my large canvas.

Here are the first two without gel medium…

 

And here are the two with the medium mixed in…

I’ll show you which one I decided to use for my large canvas soon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

 

 

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Altered Photo With Cross-Stitch (#3)

I brushed over the color copy of my photo with gel matte medium and let it dry overnight, face down, on an 8″ x 10″ framed canvas.  The image came out fairly clear so I didn’t need to do a second transfer like I did on my first one.

After I removed the paper, there was still a small un-printed area at the bottom right of the canvas and I’m not sure why.   It’s a learning process!

After doing a ‘half-face’ photo and a ‘whole face’ photo, I decided I like the look of the half-faces more.  They have a whimsical look that I like.

I took some watercolor pencils and added some color back into the red glasses and her lips…

 

And also her hair and eyes…

Added some fine detail with a .03 pen…

Then I started adding some stitching…

I was experimenting with using the stitching as texture and pattern instead of only accenting details in the photo.