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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