Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

note to self

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/04/16

tale1 A fisherman saw a sea turtle,

tale2and without anchoring his boat, dove for it.

tales3

Upon surfacing with the turtle, he found his boat had drifted away.

He let go of the turtle, but could not catch up to his boat.

He had to swim back home, exhausted and embarrassed, with neither turtle nor boat.

Those who try to do two things at once often accomplish neither.

…a tale from Palau, as retold in Carl Safina‘s Voyage of the Turtle

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  1. bowsprite said, on 2013/04/16 at 13:00

    well, at least he got in a good swim.

    • tugster said, on 2013/04/16 at 14:50

      well, at least he gave turtle a story of adventure and escape to tell the turtlettes . . .

  2. mageb said, on 2013/04/16 at 14:00

    Just look at those lucious colors. I do so like this. Books today here.

  3. Michael said, on 2013/04/16 at 15:07

    Just look at those lucious colors. But don’t go diving out of the boat after them!

    “Never get out of the boat. Unless you’re going all the way.”

  4. Fenn said, on 2013/04/16 at 19:35

    So true! I love the illustrations with this one…I love all your drawings anyway, but I really love the little turtle!

  5. Buck said, on 2013/04/16 at 21:10

    Wisdom.

  6. Reid Sprague said, on 2013/04/16 at 21:26

    It’s brilliant! Simple but rich. . . I keep going back to look again. The water reminds me of the limitless blue depth of the South China Sea – the illusion that I almost saw the shape of a shark at the limit of my vision, although I never did actually see one while swimming. But the water took the cast of my imagination: lovely, and fearful, too.

    The sense of the story is neither lovely nor fearful, but oh so true! Particularly at this time, it’s like it’s speaking to me. So the combined effect is that this makes me feel enchanted and rebuked all at once.

    Thanks for the gift, Christina!

  7. bluebrightly said, on 2013/04/16 at 23:26

    I’m with Fenn & Reid – there’s so much life in your illustrations, without anything extraneous. That’s hard to do!!And it’s a wonderful story.

  8. Michael said, on 2013/04/26 at 08:29

    yer paints ar’ gettin’ dry


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