Description Green Sea Turtle Glyph Turtle Hand drawn with pen and India Ink on paper
Beautiful Sea Turtles come to me in my dreams... This one I drew after a wonderful day of diving and a night of turtle dreams.
The day was incredible, diving in a bay filled with turtles, all returning, in mass to nest (a rare site anywhere in the world, with turtle numbers falling like rocks). That night, I dreamed I was swimming with a beautiful old turtle, his shell covered with glyphs. I was trying my best to stay with him and read his shell. Knowing turtles are the longest living vertebrates that travel great distances and often-go weeks without food, I wanted to learn anything this turtle could teach me.
In Chinese mythology, the turtle or tortoise is the symbol of unchanging stability and longevity.
Drawn by hand - in India ink.
For Turtle Lovers - This drawing is available on nice t-shirts and more - at my private gift shop www.cafepress.com/savannas_shop/ *The Imagekind watermark is not on the print. To view my artwork without it - visit savannaredman.comThis artwork is also available as custom murals on kiln fired ceramic tile. Visit savannaredman.com for more information on paintings on tile.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha
Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Nature Junky
I absorb nature, through every sense. Traveling, diving, sailing, and hiking through rain forest and exploring ancient cultures; their arts and ruins. It fills my mind and soul.
I work daily from nature, a leaf, a landscape, a green iguana, an orchid - there is beauty in the smallest things. It is the process, the focus of attention to detail, that enriches my soul, not the finished pen drawing or watercolor in my sketchbook. Recreating what is before me, in a simple sketch, anchors it in my mind forever.
When I am observing nature on location, I paint in watercolor or draw in ink. When I'm in my studio it all changes, sometimes only to do a rework in the same medium, but more often I wait and let the fresh sketch filter through my dreams and evolve into a completely new composition and different medium, more surreal but no less detailed. That process I cannot explain, it is an amazing metamorphoses. My sleeping self is much wiser and in more control of the medium and composition than my conscious self, which is a bit disappointing but a fact I've come to accept. I simply paint what and how my sleeping self has dictated - and it all goes smoothly.
While living in the Cayes of Belize and Honduras. I was wholly immersed and in love with the turquoise sea and all of the marine life there. I could have turned into a mermaid; it was not for lack of sea time. Dives filled with wildlife filter into dreams, and dreams morph into a Night's Tale, then into a painting. My encounters with wild dolphins were days of life altering joy.
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