Evolution of a Dolphin Painting

Despite being a movie buff, I have never seen, “The Cove,” and that is by my choice.  I think I would find the imagery too disturbing. I’ve been enamored of dolphins since I was about 12 years old, and had recurring dreams wherein I am swimming with them amid shafts of sunlight that filter down through the water. I admit to romanticizing them somewhat just like everyone else does, although Karen Pryor’s operant conditioning training methods have changed my life.

I’m currently recovering from an artistic slump, and what better way to do it than turn to my lifelong inspiration.  Here’s the progress of my newest painting, in photographs.  This is 9×12″ acrylic.

Laying the foundation for the painting; blues and purples.

Adding some darker areas for detail.

Now the contrast — yellows and oranges to brighten the image.

Final highlights

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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