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Sea Turtle Hooked!

Hello Friends,

This image was gripping to me personally.  I realize not everyone feels as passionate about these beautiful creatures as I do, but so many times fishermen are out in the ocean and accidentally hook a sea turtle.  I have seen this numerous times on videos.  Every time I’ve seen one, though, the fisherman usually removes the hook from the sea turtle’s mouth and puts them back in the water gently while it is flapping its flippers wildly and probably thinking, “thank you, thank you!”  I like to think they would say thank you if they could talk anyway…

I love fishermen who are so kind to these wonderful creatures.  However, I am sure there may be some that are not, some who may just keep it and kill it for its meat.  I shutter to even think about it.

So here is a sea turtle who has been hooked!!

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Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Sea Turtle’s Greatest Peril!

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Hello Friends,

Well, this is a different kind of skull!  It is not human for one thing.  I painted it from a photo I found of a sea turtle’s skull and a couple of bones at the bottom of the ocean.  It was also another photo that had a lot of darkness in it, but I wanted it to be lighter.  There is a bone in front of the skull and one off to the side.  It is just another depiction of the greatest peril that will eventually come to us all…death.

Everything dies at some point, but I would rather see a sea turtle die a natural death than be slaughtered for its meat and shells.  It grieves me greatly.

I only have one more painting to post of another peril that happens to sea turtles unless I decide to do more at some point.  However, the next one is also a peril that many sea turtles are saved from every day by the wonderful people who don’t want them to suffer or die.  So look for it tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Sharks Circling Sea Turtle!!

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Hello Friends,

The photo I have of this is very dark and dense so I tried to lighten it some in my painting. The sea turtle is swimming sideways trying to avoid these sharks so that is bottom of the turtle you see.  I have seen this happen on videos I have watched and it is so awful!  I feel the sea turtle’s fear when I am watching (or maybe it’s just my fear!!) However, depending on the size of the sea turtle, they can usually take care of themselves pretty well.  I like to think this one got away just fine.  I can’t imagine being the photographer taking that picture!  In the photo it all looks a lot smaller so the photographer was probably at a safe distance.

I guess by now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you have gathered how much I love sea turtles!  They are such beautiful creatures and are declared endangered animals mostly because of the people who keep killing them for their meat and beautiful shells!  But obviously, other ocean creatures like sharks attack them for food.  It is the way of the natural life cycle, which I can handle, but for people to kill them for profit just saddens me greatly.  I suppose that’s why I love to paint them so much.

I read an article by another artist recently who said he thought it was a waste of time to paint the same subject over and over.  I heartily disagree!  Many artists like Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo painted their self-portraits in many different poses and interpretations.  And I think the more you know a subject, the more you learn about it as you paint it differently each time for instance experimenting with poses and color.  Besides, there are seven different types of sea turtles so they don’t all look the same.  All I know is I never get tired of them.  I feel I still have so much to learn about watercolor painting as well as sea turtles, so if learning about these two subjects and putting them together is all I get around to doing the rest of my life, I’ll die a happy woman!

After all, I think having a passion for using our heads for something more than a hat rack is a good thing!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Kim G. Strande

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