These giant turtles of the sea don’t have much to say. They keep to themselves as much as possible. They tend to live quiet lives far away from humans.
They seem so mysterious as they glide by on the ocean’s currents and you can't help but wonder what they've seen down through their long lives. They’re also a great deal of fun to paint in our sketchbooks!
By using Sakura Glaze® pens, we can quickly and easily create a resist to easily capture the texture we see on the turtle’s back, head and flippers. Adding a splatter of teals, aquas and blues over the turtle adds a subtle energy that indicates s/he’s moving about in the water without actually adding the color of the water.
Once you get the hang of this technique, I assure you that you’ll be looking for all kinds of subjects so you use it time and again!
Laure Ferlita is an accomplished watercolorist residing in sunny Florida. Watercolors, nature, travel, painting on location, sketching for the joy of it, and most especially, color, are her passions!
Vibrant color can be found in almost any subject and its shadows. It is her joy to bring those colors to life on paper with some paint and a little water. For many years, Laure worked as a graphic designer, so you will most likely see a strong graphic element in her work.
She started sharing her joy and love of sketching on location over at ImaginaryTrips.com in 2009 and has helped many "travelers" to find their artistic voice since then.
“Watercolor, for me, is the perfect sketching medium." Laure says. “It provides ease of use, quick color saturation, and clean up is a snap and really, you don't need much equipment. After you move past the hype of how difficult watercolor can be, you find out how much fun it is to get out there and actually create on location. It's way too much fun!"
To see more of Laure's work, please visit her blog, Painted Thoughts or her Instagram account at @laure.ferlita.