View Full Version : Bottlenose Dolphin Jump

09-26-2007, 05:38 PM


Title: Bottlenose Dolphin Jump
Year Created: 2006
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 15
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is my first dolphin painting. It was a commission piece . Please let me know what you think.

Are there any constructive suggestions for my future dolphin or water scene paintings?<br>

09-26-2007, 06:30 PM
Candice! Welcome to the WC! One might say you have entered with a splash! The dolphin scene is warm and inviting. Nicely painted in that it reflects the character of the animals well and the water is absolutely swimmable!

There is one thing to really pay attention to in future. Always check the relationship of each item in the painting to the other items. Check with the view to avoid situations like we have here where the row of palm trees are visually sprouting from out the dolphins head. Also the edge of the beach is following the edge of his back. The trunks on those palms can easily be "knocked back" with acrylic. Nice work! And again, Welcome!


09-26-2007, 06:35 PM
Wow...Corby..thank you for the insight ! You are so right...and you taught me something....!

09-26-2007, 08:54 PM
wow great job..very pretty and vibrant...excellent

09-26-2007, 11:39 PM
Minor stuff:
1. The fin on the far right seems oddly shaped.
2. There should be more water falling from the dolphin in the rear, not just from its fins. These are large animals that displace a lot of water, even if they come fairly cleanly out of the water.
3. The island / land form rises too abruptly out of the water, almost like a cliff. Check your reference photos.
4. If the palms are growing that close to the vegetation line, there should be a suggestion of roots protruding from the bank. If the trees are beginning to lean precariously, it suggests an unstable soil. Perhaps there needs to be a hint of erosion, or coarse soil. A sandy cliff wouldn't last long, no matter how docile the water is on a given day.
5. I'd like to see more of a wet sheen on the dolphins. They look too dry.

Excellent modeling of the bodies of the dolphins. The colors are super inviting, and the sense of playfulness of the dolphins is very well portrayed. Very attractive painting, extremely decorative, probably commercially saleable as well. Nice.