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My Mermaid Baby & Legends of Mermaids

Updated on April 27, 2015
"The Mermaid Baby" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"The Mermaid Baby" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"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

glorious wonders

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?

Sea Goddesses

Water Spirit Legends


mythical creatures

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

it whispers

with every bit of potential

every spiritual lesson

every breath

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

I see

Puff does welcome travelers in.

He hears the longings

of a surfers plea

waves to ride with dolphins

and me.

Wanton cries

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.

Copyright 2008

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

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?

Have fun!

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2008

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

"The Mermaid Baby" 18x24 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"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

"She Could Almost Touch Them" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"She Could Almost Touch Them" 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"?

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The Fejee Mermaid-YES Mermaids are REAL!

The Fejee Mermaid-YES Mermaids are REAL!
The Fejee Mermaid-YES Mermaids are REAL!

Mermaid Fashion!

Mermaid Fashion!
Mermaid Fashion!

The endangered Hawaiian monk seal lives only in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup
Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup | Source

Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup

An endangered species
An endangered species

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.[citation needed] 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.

Endangered Species

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.[1] 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.[2] They were also hunted during World War II when the US forces occupied Laysan Island and Midway.[2] 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.[3] It is currently only found on Laysan, Midway, Pearl and Hermes Atoll, French Frigate Shoals, and Lisianski.[3]

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

A Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup is the Mermaid Baby's constant companion.
A Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup is the Mermaid Baby's constant companion. | Source

Art Fantasy Woman-Every Goddess in Woman

Art Fantasy Woman-Every Goddess in Woman-I Know a Tale

Fantasy woman

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

self induced


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

saying no

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


moved forward

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.

Taking chances

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

every prayer

I press between worn pages.

Lord Byron

Edna St. Vincent Millay

let me rest my head in your passion

read every line

know my own

be Lily

a fantasy of art woman

when I need to take her home.

Taking chances

dare I say she is my hero?

07 June 2008

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2008

"Mermaids" the movie


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    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I did indeed like your mermaid baby. And I now know how to write a story using a kid's ideas. :-)


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      6 years ago

      Very enjoyable to stop by here again. Your poetry is delightful, as is your art, Kathy.

      Best wishes sweet one, and God bless! :)

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      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, this is my second time passing by! Mermaids are so mysterious.. who knows?.. lol this lens is making me think really deep!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Love the magic of your mermaid baby (and your artistic soul). Such beauty and delight. Thank you for you and the extraordinary ways you shine your creative light on the world.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for such a delightful mermaid interlude this morning. I loved the jellyfish video - that was amazing. Loved this lens. You have everything a mermaid could want on it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for such a delightful mermaid interlude this morning. I loved the jellyfish video - that was amazing. Loved this lens. You have everything a mermaid could want on it.

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      mjtaylor lm 

      7 years ago

      @kathysart: I have had the incredible good fortune to have swum in the wild with dolphins ... and it was always a spontaneous event ... and I have also been in structured swims, though that made me sad, too ... but I would, hypocrite that I am, do it again. I do believe I am a mermaid, or at least, was/am one in a former life/parallel universe.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful mermaid baby ~ your paintings are beautiful too! Actually, I never thought of a mermaid baby either...wonderful work. Stay blessed! :)

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      7 years ago

      Your Mermaid Baby art make my day with real happiness.. Really love this little cute one :) 5 gorgeous art stars for you. Have wonderful times.. always.. dear lady Kathy :D

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      7 years ago

      Mermaid Baby! ~ An interesting fantasy indeed, creative lens by a true artist. Thank you for taking us into the realm of enchantment. :)

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      7 years ago

      I always loved mermaids, ever since the movie Splash. Great job on this lens! =)

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      7 years ago

      This is a beautifully created lens and your artwork and poems are a reflection of your remarkable skills. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i love your paintings about the mermaid babies. squidangel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      Do you know, I never thought about mermaid babies, but I would think there needs to be mermaid babies to have adult mermaids, yes? Is there a mermaid guy?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great stuff. Do you have your channel on Youtube or Vimeo? If not, start thinking about... All the best!

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida


      And I really liked that first mermaid video, too.

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Your painting is truly lovely!

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This mermaid baby page is SUCH a delight!

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      7 years ago

      Fabulous lens!

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      7 years ago from New York

      Kathy - I enjoy your lens and creativity so much! You mermaid baby is so beautiful! *Blessed*

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      your mermaid baby is wonderful and sweet. my income at squidoo isn't enough to pay for it.

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      7 years ago

      Am swimming after mermaids in the angel quest this week, came back to sprinkle you with a magical mer blessing!

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      Cynthia Davis 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love the way you incorporated mermaid fashions into this lens. Love it!

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      8 years ago

      I'm writing a mermaid romance series, and I've been pondering what a mermaid baby would be like for my third book. Your pictures are adorable and inspirational. Thanks!

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      sushilkin lm 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing on squidoo. Pls PRAY FOR JAPAN for Noble Cause

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens! I lensrolled it to my entire Calamari Kid series!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love your mermaid babies! They are beautiful. This is a dear sweet page, I love it!

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      8 years ago

      such a cute lens! :) the hawaiian monk seal is gorgeous! :)

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      8 years ago

      Kathy, love it! very beautiful...

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      8 years ago

      I wasn't sure if mermaids are for real but this lovely lens takes me to an altogether different world where the baby mermaid swims peacefully in the serene water of the ocean.

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      10 years ago

      Kathy, I love this lens, Your poem is beautiful and so is the amazing oil painting :) You have inspired me, I'm going to make a mermaid baby next! I'd love you to check out my lens, Polymer Clay Baby Dolls,


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      10 years ago

      mermaids are cool to look up on the internet but is the information I here true. My oppionion is yes. The information I look up is true.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago


      I'd love to hear from you.. seen a mermaid lately?

      Swam with dolphins?

      Want to share a magic adventure or legends of mermaids?



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