The Messenger

The Messenger, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30"

The Messenger, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30″

This turtle has been wanting to be painted for a while. I started this piece a little over a month ago. As some of you may know, I had an accident around that time. I was walking my dog on a pedestrian trail near my house when I slipped on a patch of ice and broke my ankle. This is why I haven’t posted in a while.

Source images of red sea turtles have been taped up on my art room wall well before my accident. I’ve had a long time to think about him. When I first filled in his outline on the canvas I felt like I was in over my head, but I got into a great painting zone and after half the night, I was happy with how he turned out. I’m really enjoying a totemic approach to animals these days.

In terms of process, as an experiment while making this piece, I took progress photos every time I took a break. This turned out to be a great technique for me, since I changed my mind a few times about the way I painted the sky as well as the peak. It was by looking back at previous images that I was able to determine what I really wanted.

It’s kind of amazing how many hours went into this piece. In the past I might have been more frustrated at the time it took to create. Now however, with more experience, I am no longer as impatient with my work. That’s something great that’s come to me through this accident – patience. I hope I don’t lose sight of it when I’m walking again.

Hope you enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “The Messenger

  1. Hi Lisa, I really love this painting.. the use of colour, the way you did the waves, like folds of fabric, the sky.. the contrast… I don’t have the vocabulary to tell you what the style is, but it is very distinct and endearing too. Keep enjoying the great adventure! Mary

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  2. Great story. Sorry to hear about your ankle. Patience and process…. Valuable I agree. Painting is a rewarding activity I find especially with today’s proliferation of digital camera. The effort, energy, and focus required of a brush has longer lasting effects than pushing buttons.

    • Yes exactly. It’s really like a meditation. It’s strange how with so much media surrounding us, its so much harder to sink our teeth into something and be truly invested. One can’t paint half heartedly.

  3. I really loved this painting.To me it appears as if the turtle was seeking its way out of a maze,squeezing,pushing,edgeing its way to FREEDOM.
    The colours were absolutely brilliant.
    PS..Sorry to hear about your ankle..I can appreciate how very depressing an injury like that can make one feel .,I had two screws and a titanium plate fitted in my right ankle two years ago. In case you are wondering who I am..I am your Dad’s first cousin.

    • Thanks so much Kenneth! You know I’ve now discovered two more art loving family members through this blog. Yourself and Heather Laltoo. With my ankle it sounds like we had a very similar injury. My right ankle got fitted with a plate on one side and a couple screws on the other side. I go back to the doctors in a couple of weeks for X-rays to see how I’m healing up. Thanks again for your great feedback.

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