“The proper pace of feeling free to look around is lazily slow, idiosyncratically detailed and half-entranced. It is the pace at which you might stop and stare and see the almost unseeable. –Susan Murphy
The initial drawing is done with conte, graphite, colored pencil and acrylic paint. To further play with illusion, I often use brilliants, sea pebbles, shells, pencil shavings, glass shards and whatever else catches my fancy. The end result is a mixed media extravaganza of gluing and layering.
The second turtle in the pond is my husband Kenny. At first, he enters tentatively; then we slip/slide, bump, snuggle, criss-cross, expand and contract together in the new/old rhythm of our lives. Turtle medicine includes a connection with the center, navigation skills, self-reliance, tenacity, patience, the ability to respect the boundaries of self and others, and develop new ideas. Originally created with humorous intent, I unknowingly chose an ancient symbol of nurturance, mother energy, determination and longevity.