Sea Turtle Watercolor

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
–Mark Twain

Sea Turtle – 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

I had a great time painting this.    Of course, just like I don’t have patience for tree painting… I’m the same way with the underwater plants, too.  I just made some up.  😀

This is painted from another one of Li’s Belize photos.

We had a terrific anniversary on Saturday.  We took the retro Tbird for a top down road trip to Van Buren, Arkansas.    We went to our favorite store, A Little Bit of Mexico, owned by Barb and Dave Little, to treat ourselves to some art.  We bought 2 pieces by metal artist, Andres Martin De Campo.  Here is a YouTube video with some of his work on it.   Here is a photo from Facebook of his shop in Mexico, where he uses live models to pose for his art.  One of the pieces we bought is a sea turtle trio, to go over our fireplace.

We had a great day, but couldn’t fit a single one of our purchases in our itty bitty little Tbird, so Barb and Dave delivered our goodies yesterday.   What a fun weekend.

Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain, is an American icon whose razor-sharp wit and inimitable genius have entertained countless readers for more than a century.  His many publications include such gallant childhood essentials as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, along with many dozens of other works ranging from airy magazine columns to focused, biting anti-imperialist satire.

He was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1835.  The Clemens family consisted of two brothers, a sister, and the family-owned slave, Jenny, whose vivid storytelling was a formative influence on the young Sam.  As he was growing up, his parents explained their perspective on the nature of things in the established South, about the slave-owning tradition, and about ‘rough western justice.’  more…

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Androgoth
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 19:21:08

    This one is excellent Beth, actually I like
    the painting of your plants, and the subject
    which is your Sea Turtle shines through 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    Reply

  2. Vickie
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:22:39

    I’m jealous…I want a T’bird and I used to live in Van Buren…a fun place to explore. Is the old downtown area still lots of shops?

    Love the painting!

    Reply

    • Beth Parker
      Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:35:01

      Hi Vickie! **wave** It was a great day. Barb at A Little Bit of Mexico says they have lost quite a few shops in the downtown area this last year. She thinks it was the heat, more than the economy. People just couldn’t handle the extreme heat. There were a lot of empty stores. That was sad to see. We love to go to Van Buren. We have been buying pots from Barb and Dave for 6 years. They have really cool stuff at reasonable prices. I hope everything is going good with you! ((hugs))

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  3. Wayside Artist
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 19:57:39

    What a great quote to open up with! I love your colorful, energetic turtle. The aquatic plants look just right.

    Nanina

    Reply

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