This is the last of the spirit guide series for painting class. Yes, obviously, it is not a painting. My painting teacher mostly does mosaic murals outside of class and, since I wanted to incorporate mirrors in my last work, she suggested that I do a mosaic rather than a painting. I have never done a mosaic before so it was a lot of fun learning how! I changed the original design a couple of times. I was going to have two hands holding the turtle up as if someone had picked up the turtle to look at its stomach (which is all made of broken mirror pieces). This looked too cliche so I took the hands out. As is common knowledge, a turtle on its back is when it is the most vulnerable. So this piece is all about vulnerabilities. When I look into a mirror, I tend to notice my own imperfections. I used the pieces of broken mirror on here to multiply the number of times you could see an imperfection. Turtle are symbollically considered very introspective because they can tuck they're entire body into their shell. So this turtle would be in a dream to show you your own vulnerabilities. The mirror makes you look within yourself to face your fears and faults. This is made with ceramic tile, mastic, unsanded grout, and marine grade plywood. It is 16x16.