Lauren Maurer Artworks

January 21, 2010

art journaling, sea turtles, and help from friends

Filed under: loose watercolor, sea life, sea turtle watercolor painting, underwater painting — laurenmaurerartworks @ 2:42 pm

Thanks to Lee Monts, this painting now has a name.  Other than “Sea Turtle”, which is what it probably would have been named had it been left up to me! It’s name is now “Ever Onward”. I am wondering how do all of my artist friends come up with such clever names?  Another good suggestion was “Determined”. Become a fan on FB to join the fun 🙂  I think the idea is to get “into” the painting and tell a little mini story about it. I love to read, I love peotry, I love words themselves, so why is it that I can’t come up with them for myself? I had this conversation yesterday with the lovely Gina Lee Kim, who suggested that I do some “art journaling” to help let it flow, which reminded me that I use to do a good bit of that when I was younger. It will be nice to use a different part of my creativity!

This giant sea turtle (I think it’s a loggerhead) calls the Atlanta Aquarium home. I loved how he (or she?) was half in shadow and surrounded by great light and sparkly bubbles. I think it liked posing for me taking pictures! What a ham! More to come….

11″x14″ watercolor on 300lb cold press … Click here to purchase



  1. You're not alone in the strain to name things creatively; by the time I get to the naming I'm usually creatively spent. Maybe I should think about it more as I'm actually painting a piece. I like the title you went with and I love the turtle!

    Comment by Kerri Settle — January 21, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  2. Thank you, Kerri! I always like your names (and love your paintings, of course!)

    Comment by Lauren Maurer — January 21, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  3. This is incredibly well done, Lauren! The neutrals you captured & the subtleties of green/browns blow me away. Thank you for the linky post :). I can't wait to do another artistic collaboration with you. I'm so excited (even though we haven't got a clue as to the "how"). The idea has been planted!

    Comment by Gina Lee Kim — January 21, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  4. Beautiful and unique perspective of our endangered sea turtles. You have a real gift for thinking out of the box in terms of lighting and composition.

    Comment by Sheila — January 21, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

  5. This is WONDERFUL, Lauren!

    Comment by Edward Burton — January 21, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

  6. You guys are too sweet! Thanks again (if I hadn't said it lately) for taking the time to leave comments!!

    Comment by Lauren Maurer — January 22, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  7. I love the name! I get stuck too, sometimes a cherry bowl is just a "cherry bowl":) I really really love your colors in this painting…noticing that your color palette is almost always what pleases me first thing when I see your work.

    Comment by Alisa — January 23, 2010 @ 5:26 am

  8. love that "ever onward" title! It's so fitting for a sea turtle.

    Comment by Kelly — January 26, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

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