Wooden Dolphin #006
Some dolphins hang out in the deep blue sea, but this little gal is chilling along the shore!
Unlike her fantasy-flavored cousins this little landscape dolphin is all about bringing a bit of calm to your office or kitchen (or other magnet-friendly abode).
So sit back, relax, and let the beach hold up those important papers while you take five… or maybe twenty.
Wooden Dolphin Magnet #005
Reflections on water or spider webbing in turquoise… the patterns were so similar I couldn’t help but play around!
This handsome gal is the result of my attempts to learn how to paint a faux version of Battle Mountain turquoise. I fell in love with the bronze and gold highlights in the rock and was trying to see if I could create a pattern that had very small chunks of the turquoise in it.
But as I painted I realised how much it looked like water… and it went from a faux attempt to fun experimentation.
Wooden Dolphin #003 – Metallic Green-Blue-Purple
And lo, upon the waves rode a rainbow of dolphin awesomeness!
Well okay, more like half a rainbow, give or take. (The awesome half, of course 😉 ).
I’ve been pretty much addicted to this color combination ever since I tried it out on the Pimped Rides Live model horse donation piece. As soon as I started playing around with the dolphins, I knew it was one I had to try out.
Some fantasy dolphins love to stand out, but this little guy is all about blending into the oceans deep. With a marbled flow of the currents and the splash of seafoam white his impression of a wave has everyone fooled!
An almost-twin to Dolphin #001, his pattern is modeled after the Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus). These svelte mammals normally come in black, grey and white, but where’s the fun in that?
So instead of monotone, I painted him in amusingly ocean themed acrylics (Island Blue, Sailing Sky, and Ocean Breeze). His back is a less nautical black, but like a tux it makes him look quite dashing in a crowd.
Wooden Dolphin Magnet 009
Dot, dot, a dollop of dolphin?
(Apologies to Daisy Sour Cream!)
This little green guy is the sibling to the pink doodle dolphin, only instead of doodles he got polka dots! Well, technically just ‘dots’ since they are in a random pattern and not lined up nice and neat. But he’s the kind of sea life that tail-splashes your silly rules… so polka dots it is. 😉
Wooden Dolphin #008 – Pink Doodle Front
It’s a Porpoise with with a Purpose!
…And that purpose is to hold up your shopping list, class schedules, or important corporate memos. Doodle dolphins are the workhorses of the marine sealife tree (magnetica awesomus) and this little gal is raring to go!
Wooden Dolphin #001 – Black and Gold Dusty Dolphin
What mammal through yonder wavecrest breaks? Why tis a gilded dolphin o’course!
I picked up a small pod of wooden dolphins from Michael’s and this little guy was the first one to leap his way onto the finished pile. So far my muses have been dancing along the fantasy end of things, but I’m hoping for a realistic one someday. *crosses fingers*
My grandmother used to tell me that the sunlight dancing on the wavetips was the sea’s diamonds and if that’s so I can’t think of a better dash of gold to add to the hoard than this handsome fella.
Circle Fantasy Dolphins – Go, Go, GO!
Before I started down the roads of plaster casting, I had a lot of fun turning the various ArtMinds shapes into magnets. One of my favorite is the Dolphin, but I can’t seem to bring myself to paint on that’s actually dolphin-colored! 😉
While I haven’t painted as many of these as I have the old horse shape, the more I play around with it the more I love it. I have a feeling that there are going to be quite a few more dolphins on the way in the coming months.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 8/10/2017)