Turtles are Interesting…

All my life I have loved seeing the sea turtles in our area, so in looking for things as inspiration for my art they were a natural attraction.   Here is a sneak peek at some I am working on now.  I thought the sun shining through them was interesting.

I’ll show you the finished piece in a couple of weeks.

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“Return to Topsail”

I have a real fascination with the sea turtles which nest on the beaches in our area. There is something about the fact they always nest in the same beach where they were born. Somehow they find their way back after a lifetime of ocean going adventure to dig a nest and lay the eggs for another generation.

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Being an artist, I love the structure of their shell and the way it looks like plates of armor, connected by sinew. So I wanted to create a design which worked with that concept but allowed those spaces to be open.

In my first effort I had made a set of large turtles.

This time I set out to make them in a smaller format.

So it was back to the computer to design a smaller shell and still keep the original concept going.

I think the design transferred to the smaller size. These were mounted on the same stand as if they were swimming together in some wild sea.

I have titled them, “Return to Topsail”  after one of the islands where they nest.  They will be in an art council show which opens tomorrow and runs through the month.

I plan to create more in this series, so keep watching.

I hope you enjoy them, I would love to hear your comments.

You can email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com or just use the form below.

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The Show Opens Tomorrow

I have been invited to be part of a 4 person show at the Arts Council in Jacksonville.   And the opening reception is tomorrow!

Friday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30.

We are celebrating the sights you can see in North Carolina.

I will be showing with three fantastic 2D artist, Karen Edwards, Stephen Greer, and BF Reed.

If you have not seen their work…you must be falling short of your life’s goals!!!  I am very excited to have been invited to show with such talented folks.

I will be showing 5 pieces from my “Taking Flight” series.  They are all pieces designed to celebrate the freedom of breaking free.  You will see the freedom of butterflies, the escape of baby sea turtles from their sandy nest, pelicans riding the air currents over the swells … and more.

 

Here is a sneak peek at one of the pieces as I was trying to arrange the butterflies on their driftwood base.

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It will be a wonderful show and all four of us would love to see you at the opening Friday, June 5.

 

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The Turtles Live!

Anyone who has been to my studio in the last … oh I don’t know…year, has seen the two huge Loggerhead turtles sitting behind the work table.

He finally as an attached head

He finally as an attached head

They are a design I started awhile ago and got sidetracked by other more demanding (read paying) projects.

And this is what the inside of a turtle looks like....at least mine.

And this is what the inside of a turtle looks like….at least mine.

Well the heads have been attached and they are done.  Except for the stand, and the finish, and the weatherproofing….ok they are not done…yet.

They will be.  I have a show in April  and they will both be swimming by then.

 

This is where they live for now.

This is where they live for now.

Love to hear your comments or suggestions.

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