Water colour music, Dolphins at play, music notes - art by ian anderson.
Dolphins speak with sound. The pleasure is music to our heart, art by Ian Anderson.





WATER COLOUR MUSIC – The song of dolphins


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WATERCOLOR MUSIC – The song of dolphins. Dolphins multimedia painting

Interested buyers, ask at this link for acquisition of the framed original or number 1 of 15 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions. Dolphins multimedia painting


I created the foundations of this painting in 1994 within a frivolous state of mind and multiple mediums. I had no direction while splashing the paint on gesso primed hardboard …  other than, create something colorful. The vision was home decor with a twist of multimedia frivolity. Dolphins multimedia painting

Through a period of disillusionment (1996 to 2014), the painting journeyed into storage. I resurrected the artwork from the domain of spiders, dust, and cats footprints in 2014. My gratitude goes out to the Dench’s of Snells Beach for the storage space.

The Dolphins, music, and childlikeness

Before the indignity of storage, I added pencil illustrated dolphins and triangle blocks.

During production creation’s wonders awed me and I contemplated, “Why do adults forget how to play with abandon …  except maybe under intoxication?” This thought occurred, “Is it possible, an adult’s freedom to play and sing is hidden behind irrational fear, not wanting to be shamed”?

While I was considering how to make this painting work, these thoughts became something to meditate on.  Imagine if you could play, create and live without shame with childlike abandon!  From that idea, I added blobs and splashes of acrylic color to simulate water splashes interspersed with music notes. It was, “let me break the rules and just slash around to see what would visually form.

The frame

A friend had just dismantled their fence leaving a pile of unwanted fence palings. The scavenger in me acquired the discarded relics with a frame envisioned to set the painting in. The idea further developed, “How do I mount the painting with the modern appeal”?  Bingo! The music bars (square dowling), painted silver.

I was on a budget-driven role and forsook the idea of stainless steel rods for the dowel. The music theme (music to the ears of my soul) was embedded in my thinking and I included a semi-quaver.

The artist changes his mind

I had deemed the work finished in 2016 and photographed it for production. The painting/installation art hung in my gallery until I discovered I was not satisfied with the gap at the bottom.

Hmmm!!! Water, ocean, fish, food, shells, and bingo, “Why not starfish shells from Omaha Beach as wind chimes”. Would that work? No. Bingo what about embedding in fiberglass resin circles mounted as musical notes! Satisfied, I had my solution and ventured on the journey to completion.

I made an inquiry with my friend Anita and she supplied a bag of shells from days scavenging Omaha Beach.

Then came the round dowel, a few screw holes, music notes of each shell and the journey continued adding the baby dolphin in the semi-quaver in 2019.

The memories and creative sounds beyond the silence

The intent and sounds were within my being. Using imagination, floating as a symbol of orchestrated sound, the joy in play stimulates the sound of happiness.

From the painting’s inception, these pleasures motivated my creative juices through the process.

To be fair, all was not joy in production. At times I wondered, “What the heck was I thinking?” The voice of accusation shouted out on many occasions, “This is not real art, who the heck would get pleasure out of something so childish and not childlike?” Shaming voices are pictures of my own darkness and I decided I was not going to be a victim to those voices. My pleasure and honor are in production and not others’ opinions. My self-esteem is built on God’s thoughts about creativity, not on mine.

There is no evil intent in my creativity unless I allow shame and cruelty to skew my creative gift for a vain purpose.

So there you have it. A fun art piece on multiple fronts ready and waiting to find a new owner!


Artist oils, acrylics, and pencil on gesso primed New Zealand hardboard mounted proudly on square Pinus radiata dowel painted silver. Gloss dammar and Iso Guard varnish protection.
* Original and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.

Please ask about the price and sizes – Replicating original size, (960 x 1420) starting from $3,000 on stretch mounted archival canvas.

Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $960  |  650 x short side – $650
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “Watercolor Music” will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

  • Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
  • The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
  • Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.


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