Monday, April 12, 2010

Sea Turtle Mandala

Turtles are wonderful animals. As a boy, I had a pet box turtle that I enjoyed for months befor releasing him back in the garden where I found him. For years I thought of turtles as lumbering, awkward creatures. So when I first saw a sea turtle swimming I was astounded by its grace. It seemed to glide, almost as in flight. I have been enchanted by them ever since.
Drawing this turtle was a fun challenge. I found the scale patterns on the head and limbs are intricate and lovely as well as the unique coloring of the shell. I hope I captured the lovely grace of the sea turtle.

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