"Honu" Hawaiian green sea turtle, 24"x18" watercolor on 300lb Arches paper
I have only seen a few green turtles in my life but they made a big impact on me. I was fortunate to photograph this green sea turtle basking on a beach on the Big Island in Hawaii. I used my photo references to compose this painting. Doing some more research I found that the Hawaiians call their green sea turtles honu. Hope you enjoy this painting.
In preparation for a larger painting I just finished up this head study of a green sea turtle. The colors are exaggerated but the anatomy is accurate. I just fell in love with her as she was sunning herself on a Hawaiian beach. They are extraordinary creatures but they are endangered. Sea turtles have been on this earth so long they have seen the dinosaurs come and go, but they might not survive the cruel hands of our modern society if things don't change.
This is part of a nature/seashore series I'm working on. I'm at a loss for a title. If anyone can give me some suggestions I'd appreciate it. This was fun to paint and will look great with the deceased crab I painted prior. We all know everything is here for a purpose in this great circle of life.
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