This is the first painting of my turtle project for class. The preliminary drawing is already on here. The turtle is my spirit guide because it comes to my dreams the most of all animals and it always gives me advice. I decided to explore the depth of my connection to the turtle through my painting class. This turtle represents its aspects of growth, fertility, and the earth. I have a great respect for the earth and all of its creatures. Cities truly mar wildlife and it breaks my heart. The turtle represents protection, and I tend to protect and care for those around me. I wanted this turtle to look very organic and as if made from elements of the earth itself. I put little embryos on certain plates of its shell to show the fertile element of the turtle. This is in acrylics on 22x28 canvas.