‘Tumble young turtle, whip through the wonders of life, swim with purpose’
This was such a fun commission. At my market stall I ran into a doctor named Joe, who wanted a huge A1 turtle with the haiku, ‘tumble young turtle, whip through the wonders of life, swim with purpose’. HOW COOL IS THAT?! That haiku is some pretty bang on life advice I think.
I wanted this turtle to be colourful, beautiful and free. The strong yellows were inspired by a real turtle I recently swam with, off the coast off Eastern Australia. Below the water, the turtle’s scales and shell looked dark brown, but when he intermittently came to the surface for a gulp of air, he was a luminous yellow. Turtles are absolutely stunning. Good choice Joe!