The Awakened Turtle

Have you ever done something in your life that just grabbed you so deep? Well, that happened to me one evening, several weeks ago, as I attended a painting class. I was late due to work and came in as others had started.  The class painted loggerhead sea turtles on canvas. I listened to the instructions and looked around at what everyone else was doing, I felt excited and also apprehensive.

Why? Well, they all looked like they knew what they were doing. So, I dove in and told myself to relax and have a good time. I traced the turtle’s outline and proceeded to paint. It felt good. I felt relaxed and it helped that Leslie, our teacher, had wine for us!  As the evening unfolded, I found pleasure in painting that turtle. I even proceeded to use my hands in painting. It felt that good!

Two days later, I found myself signed up for another painting class along with a friend. Not knowing what the finished product was other than the urge to paint I agreed. So on a Saturday morning, I drove across town and over the bridge to a magical island called Topsail. There, I painted a mermaid. Once more, I was apprehensive but I wanted to create something beautiful and have fun!

As I listened to  our teacher explain how to mix colors and not to worry about making mistakes because you can always paint over it, I relaxed. I started on the face and tried to mix the right kind of colors. The wood absorbed the paint’s colors and as it infused with the board I became happy. Right before my eyes it came alive.

Her shape came into focus and as I painted her arms it only seemed natural that I would have her arms up to wondrously ran it through her glorious hair. There were two other students in class, my friend and the other lady who happened to be in the turtle class with us. We all admired our works and marveled at what we created.

I was thrilled with my mermaid! She looked serenely beautiful and happy. I was mesmerized. The loggerhead turtle and mermaid graced my living room and I was hooked! The paints called out to me and I bought some art supplies. I found myself to be an accidental artist and I owe it all to that awakened turtle! That mermaid board? Well, I decided she needed company so I painted the lost son of Neptune or was it Poseidon?


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