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Black Turtle of the North by SpaceTurtleStudios Black Turtle of the North by SpaceTurtleStudios
Third in the series of the four Chinese guardians/beasts.

The turtle represents north, black, water, and winter. Turtles and tortoises also have a ton of other symbolism in Chinese mythology; they're signs of longevity and good fortune, and associated with heaven & earth-- the idea is the top shell of the turtle is the sky, and the bottom shell the earth.

I almost added constellations/stars to the turtle's back here for that reason, but decided in the end it wouldn't match the other pieces in the set.

11x14", mixed media on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper.
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Blue-like-the-Sky Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this even tho I usually asociate sea turtles with warm places the colours make it look wintery :D
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starryeyed-nz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool picture. I love the clear lines and the colours.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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