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My Mermaid Baby & Legends of Mermaids
"The Mermaid Baby" ~Sweet Legends of Mermaids Swimming With Dolphins and Monk Seals
I have a secret, a lovely tale, while swimming with dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii I heard legends of mermaids and they have led me to this place... this place of fantasy? No I think not, tis not a fantasy at all. "The Mermaid Baby" lives safely in the bluest ocean with her little friend a Hawaiian Monk Seal, who is never far from her side.
This lens is about my dear little mermaid baby painting as well as other legends of mermaids I might discover on this lovely journey of hope. Finding magic is a goal of the artist's heart...
I hope you find some magic here.
WHERE TO PURCHASE: "The Mermaid Baby" in this painting and others of her will soon be available in a variety of products, children's clothing, ornaments, jewelry, prints and cards. I'll keep you posted. This should all be available in time for Christmas 2015. I'll keep you posted!
"Mermaids" the movie
Ohh my goodness I LOVE this movie! It just makes me feel happy. Cher in this movie is just so fun as she is kind of a hippie mom who create all meals in a very artful way as appetizers.. so CUTE. A very young Christina Ricci is perfect in her role as the younger want to be "mermaid" and Winona Ryder as the restless teenage daughter. Enter Bob Hoskins. Cher's unlikely love interest. If you have not seen this movie DO! It will make you feel soo darn happy, it sure does me every time I see it. YES I have seen it MANY times!
Sea Goddesses- Legends of Mermaids
Sea Goddesses- Legends of Mermaids- Dolphins on Kauai Shorelines of Hanalei Bay
I heard there were myths to follow
legends of mermaids
fantasy art warrior women
sirens of the sea.
Out on the water
trickles of light
on the shores of Kauai
a mermaids tale indeed.
"I have measured every star", she said
Sea goddess of Kauai.
"How do I find the time?
I have taken every dream
and colored them with crayons
sprinkled them with fairy dust
and framed them in seashells."
I sit and think of her often.
I have captured spectacular moments
Water spirit legends
that simply could not escape.
I held them close
heard their messages
made pencil drawings of dragons
fire dragons to save me.
I drew dolphins on the sand
of the ones I've know for years.
Dolphins to take me anywhere
always within reach.
Water spirit legends
tales of mermaids
dragons of the sea
dolphins sharing magic
I wept for knowledge and its sake
then wrapped all my tokens
my dragon drawings
pieces of sand
cradled my package
covered in silk
and tied with ti leaves.
I waited for the time to be right
the moon full
and made promises to night.
Legends of mermaids spoke
and I heard them."
This legend or myth?
Water Spirit Legends
alive and well
on the shores of Kauai.
This mermaid's love affair
sailors at sea
sings with an island that stands for love.
Out in the middle of the Pacific
with every bit of potential
every spiritual lesson
I could possibly invoke.
Standing on the shoreline
Hanalei, a dragons den
remembering too my lovely Silver Strand.
Treasuring the time
my pencil drawings of dragons
Puff does welcome travelers in.
He hears the longings
of a surfers plea
waves to ride with dolphins
I will forever be blessed
by a mountain long and wise.
Legends of Mermaids
lost at sea?
Myths no not ever.
'Tis true these tales
and magic calls
open your heart to see
feel your life
'tis just a breath away.
Mermaid Baby Videos
How To Write a Fantasy Fairy Story With a Child
How To Write a Fantasy Fairy Story With a Child - Crayons & Complete Approval Required
By Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Children have amazing visions, they play and pretend about fantasy fairies, pixies fairies, dragons, who all come alive within their imagination. Why not tap into their brilliance by creating a story, written and illustrated, by your child or your friends child, through a series of questions. It is an interview in a sense.
A very strong word of caution though, PLEASE MAKE THIS FUN for the child and you. If the child grows weary or restless.. his/her imagination is not at its best anyway and you won't create a happy memory with them, nor will you get the wonderful vision that the child does in fact possess. Take out maybe 15-20 minutes of QUALITY time to PLAY with the child. You can even video it, but only if it does not hamper them and create inhibitions.
It is more than possible that one sentence at a single sitting will be enough. Try not to insert any of your ideas, just listen, feel the flow of their conversation and maybe ask a few small questions for clarification. Find the RIGHT time and this experience will give you a wonderful story to reflect on always. NOTES to Parents or Contributor will be inserted below as well to help you along your way.
Remember! The second the child seems to be a tiny tad weary.. STOP and pick it up on another day. This is PLAY and this should be FUN.
What you need:
A pen and a blank tablet in hand that is ready to fly as the words come forth. A readiness for FUN and adventure, prepare your own self by emptying any preconceived outcomes to the story. This is NOT YOUR story.. this is the CHILDS STORY. Be totally unbiased as to its story line. Be an interviewer without judgement. If any of the questions become irrelevant or don't seem to add to the story? Don't ask them. If you think of a question that seems to fit better? Ask it! Become child like!
What your child needs:
A set of coloring crayons or magic markers and a drawing pad of paper. Any kind of paper will do, so don't get hung up on incidentals. Children do not look for perfection in things.. it is US who instills that in them. If the child does not feel like coloring or drawing what you ask for? NO BIG DEAL! Just enjoy their story. NO strict rules.
The most important thing the child needs for this process? Your smiling encouragement and approval.
The questions for the story:
I'd like you to tell me the story of a fairy adventure. This is YOUR story. I will tell you little things about it to help you embrace your imagination but this is a story from YOUR heart and mind.
You walk through a lovely forest. tell me about the forest.
Can you draw the forest?
You continue to walk and come to a clearing. You see a beautiful meadow of flowers and green grass. Off in the distance you see a glorious castle.
Tell me about the castle.
Can you draw the castle?
You decide that you must see the inside of the castle.
OH! What do you see?
Can you draw it?
You meet the people inside the castle.
Who are they? What do they look like?
Can you draw them?
I love this journey, can you tell me the rest of the story?
NOTE to Parents and Friends: "If" the child gets stumped, add ideas for her/him to think about. These elements don't have to be in the story... they are only meant to enhance his/her imagination. Try to feel playful with this, "What color is the water?" is not a bad question, remember this is about freeing imagination. Some of your additions or ideas might be:
1) What do the flowers, trees and meadow look like? Are there bugs?
2) What does she/he or the dragon or mouse or whatever eat along the way?
3) Did she/he bring food and water with him/her?
4) You meet a tree fairy. What is her name? What does she look like?
5) Does the fairy have friends? What are their names? What so they look like?
6) Are there animals that you meets on your journey? What are their names? Do you talk to them? Do they talk back?
7) Does anyone come with you on your journey or do you walk alone? If so what do you talk about?
8) As you come closer to the castle you see it more clearly... what does it look like? If there is a princess who lives inside, who else lives there?
9) You finally come to the front door and decide to knock. The door opens... who opened the door? Describe them, what did they say and what did you say to them?
10) You meet a pixie fairy inside the castle. What is her name, what does she look like, what kind of books does she read? What does she want to be when she grows up? Where would she like to travel to and why? Does she know the tree fairy or any of the other creatures met along the way?
11) You and the princess or elf spend a lovely afternoon of tea and cookies together. It was a most splendid day, why? Describe the tea party. Where do they have their tea party? What do the cups look like, what kind of cookies? Does anyone else come to the tea party?
12) You decide that it is time to get back home. Before you leave you and the princess or elf exchange gifts to remember each other by. What are the gifts and why did they give what they gave? What did they say inside the card?
13) As You gets ready to leave you hug the princess or elf goodbye and tell them you will return. The princess asks you where she will travel to next, what do you tell her?
free art gifts
KATHY NOTE: The image is of one of my ACEO's.
"The Mermaid Baby" 18x24 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Are Mermaids Real?
Think about it... are ya up to a duel?
Are Mermaids Real?
So hey... what do ya think?
Are There REALLY Mermaids? Are they REAL?
"She Could Almost Touch Them" 18x24 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Do you believe in fairies?
OK... we have established whether or not you believe in mermaids... have we? If not please make up your mind!
Magic is calling you! tee hee... lets not miss it!
Ever HEAR a fairies laughter?
Sculpt a Mermaid Baby!!
Without too much trouble after you have leaned how to make a baby with legs? I think it would be a lovely idea to make a mermaid baby too!!
What do you think of Mermaid Baby?
Don't ya just adore "The Mermaid Baby"?
The Fejee Mermaid-YES Mermaids are REAL!
The endangered Hawaiian monk seal lives only in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup
Hawaiian Monk Seal
Monachus schauinslandi, is an endangered earless seal that is endemic to the waters off of the outer Hawaiian Islands. Known to the native Hawaiians as `Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, it received its scientific name Monachus schauinslandi because the first skull known to science was brought back from Laysan Island by Dr. H. Schauinsland. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian Monk Seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison with other seals that in places collect in large colonies. The Hawaiian Monk Seal comes from ancestors that go far back in time and are the most primitive living members of the Family Phocidae, having separated from other true seals perhaps 15 million years ago.
Mature Hawaiian Monk Seals feature a gray pelage, or coat, which turns brown with weathering. Young Hawaiian Monk Seals are silver with creamy white stomachs, chests, and throats. Pups are black and woolly with fuzzy short hair. Newborn pups are clad in a black natal fur. A number of Hawaiian Monk Seals sport scars from attempted shark attacks or injuries from fishing gear. Females are often scarred by encounters with males, which can be particularly brutal during the mating season. If more than one male take an interest in a single female, they will often kill her. Females of any age can be fair game, including pups. Adult males are 300 to 400 pounds in weight and at 7 feet in length while adult females tend to be 400 to 600 pounds and at 8 feet in length. Pups average at 30 to 40 pounds at birth and at 40 inches in length. Life expectancies are from 25 to 30 years.
Hawaiian Monk Seals are one of the most endangered species of all seals, although its cousin species the Mediterranean Monk Seal (M. monachus) is even rarer, and the Caribbean Monk Seal (M. tropicalis) became extinct in the 1950s. The population of monk seals continues to decline and, in 2008, it is estimated that there are only 1,200 individuals remaining. The Hawaiian Monk Seal was officially designated as an endangered species on November 23, 1976 and is now protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is illegal to kill, capture or harass a Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Monk seal species have shown alarming population declines in recent years due to the rapid spread of human activity to even the most remote and isolated areas in the Hawaiian Islands. In the nineteenth century, Hawaiian Monk Seals were clubbed to death by whalers and sealers for their meat, oil and their skin. They were also hunted during World War II when the US forces occupied Laysan Island and Midway. Death from predation by sharks, reduced pup survival as the result of human disturbances, ciguatera poisoning, high male to female ratios during the breeding season, and entanglement in fishing nets and debris all have led to the species' decline. These threats have taken a toll on the species, as it has been eradicated from part of its former range, including Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii. It is currently only found on Laysan, Midway, Pearl and Hermes Atoll, French Frigate Shoals, and Lisianski.
Considerable current research is being conducted on this species, including research conducted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in conjunction with the Marine Mammal Center. These efforts are directed at the enhancement of population as well as health issues of this species.
The Mermaid Baby and Her Companion
Art Fantasy Woman-Every Goddess in Woman
Art Fantasy Woman-Every Goddess in Woman-I Know a Tale
every goddess in woman
I know a tale
I know an art fantasy woman.
There beneath the ferns
my Lily does prevail
a victim of her own
Such a garden she has known
such a flower
temptations met to know their invisible dance.
Late at night I heard her laughing
a chatter coming through my bedroom wall.
I heard dear Lily step into the forest
past my contentions
not without following a plan.
This world is actually quite small.
No rules can be broken
no path to discover
put your heart there on the mantle
and walk only
as you are told.
Lily dear Lily
fantasy art woman
how bold and free
how luxurious are your pleasures.
My fantasy art goddess
past my still wet map
and bleeding gothic fairies.
Blindly she reaches out on stormy nights
that has always been her weakness.
No measuring of consequences
No watching for the mounted posse
planning her demise.
Lily, fantasy woman
every goddess in woman
rests in our own wishful smiles.
dare I say she is my hero?
Despite my desperate objections?
Beautiful fantasy that is Lily.
Fantasy art woman
I cannot let you leave my grasp.
I had never known that flowers dance
never thought that far.
It was Lily slipping past the night
ready for any enemy refusing her entry
who told me it was true.
I am Lily
I am an art fantasy woman.
Let me be
I press between worn pages.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
let me rest my head in your passion
read every line
know my own
a fantasy of art woman
when I need to take her home.
dare I say she is my hero?
07 June 2008
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"Mermaids" the movie
ONE IF MY FAV MOVIES!!
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