Beach Art & Decor

Sea Turtle Art ~ Gliding gracefully through the surf

There’s just something very alluring about sea turtles, isn’t there? The way that they are so graceful as they glide through the sea (even though on land they are quite clumsy and bulky, in the sea they are beautiful). So I’m a big fan of sea turtle art.

I’m also a fan of sea turtles because I have experienced their beauty in person during visits to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. To see video of them is one thing, but to see them in person in the water is something that everyone should try to experience at least once in their lifetime!

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite pieces of artwork centered around sea turtles:

Sea Turtle Mosaic

Sea Turtle Mosaic
Sparkly and gliding through the ocean

Let’s start off with one that I think is really neat. This Sea Turtle Mosaic is a mixed-media piece. Artist Stephanie has created the actual turtle part of this turtle mosaic with cut pieces of felt which have been mounted atop the background — which is what gives this guy a 3 dimensional feel.

That’s neat enough in and of itself, but what I really love is the way that she has created the clear water ripples. Fantastic!

Details: 10″ x 10″ • felt • handmade

Where to get it:
Etsy Sea Turtle Mosaic


Kauai Turtle

Kauai Turtle
Colorful and floating free in Hawaii

My oldest daughter is a surfer in Kauai, and she says that when you’re out there in the surf the sea turtles will swim up to check you out (and they always look at you with one eye). They are not at all shy. Instead, they are very friendly toward people.

So when I see that there is a painting out there featuring a Kauai sea turtle painted by a Kauai-based artist, you’ve already got my attention. But then add to it that it’s this Kauai sea turtle… well that’s fantastic! I love the soft lines that artist Marionette has used to show the patterns on this guy. The colors are so calm and meditative.

I love it!

Details: print from painted original

Where to get it
Etsy Kauai Turtle

(by the way: sea turtle art helps create a great Beach Aesthetic)


Seaglass Sea Turtle

Seaglass Sea Turtle
“Who are you lookin’ at?”

Remember how I said that the sea turtles will swim up to you and check you out with one eye? Yeah, like this. This Seaglass Sea Turtle has got that one just right!

This print from a watercolor by artist Patti Schermerhorn really works for me! I love how she’s captured the “parrot head” of these guys, the bright colors simply jump right out of the painting and that expression on this turtle’s face… priceless! There’s so much there!

Details: available in multiple sizes • print from watercolor original

Where to Get it:
Wayfair.com Seaglass Sea Turtle


Turtle in Seagrass II

Turtle in Seagrass II
A gentle glide through the sea grass

I couldn’t find Turtle in Seagrass I, but if it is even half as good as its sequel Turtle in Seagrass II then I’m sure that I would love it. I love how the soft colors and soft lines of this piece really contribute to that feeling of floating.

Can’t you feel that? Floating…. Floating…. Floating…

Gently floating through the sea grass, this painting made me feel relaxed right from the first moment I set eyes on it.

Details: available in multiple sizes • print from oil painted original

Where to get it:
Wayfair.com Turtle in Seagrass II


Face to Face Surfboard

Face to Face Surfboard
Aloha, dude!

I love this one! Love it! I mean, isn’t it great how artist Stephanie Kiker has depicted this sea turtle looking right at you with a smile on its face?

I think it’s great. And the fact that it’s on a mini-surfboard just really makes it for me. The original has been done with colored pencil (and I am amazed at the detail in this drawing) then printed on this little surfboard.

Details: 18″ x 6.5″ • print on oak from colored pencil original

Where to get it:
Etsy Face to Face Surfboard


Party Wave Turtle

Party Wave Turtle
Not just a turtle painting, a turtle-shaped painting!

I couldn’t resist putting another one from artist Stephanie Kiker because she just has so many fantastic turtles to choose from!

Take this one. I love the ocean print design on this one — the colors are beautiful and then the wave design and the glyphs. I love it!

And then it’s all done atop an actual turtle-shaped cutout. This guy is perfect for me!

Details: 12″ x 14″ • print on oak cutout from a colored-pencil original

Where to get it:
Etsy Party Wave Turtle


Sea Turtle Reptile

Sea Turtle Reptile
Oh, the colors!

Are turtles really aliens from another world?

Hmm. The look of this Sea Turtle Reptile print sure gives that impression. This turtle, with his intelligent eyes, looks to me like a colorful alien.

Also I like how, unlike with most underwater paintings, this is a night scene. This visitor from another planet just glides through the night water… glowing.

Details: available in multiple sizes • print on canvas

Where to get it:
Amazon Sea Turtle Reptile


Baby Sea Turtle

Baby Sea Turtle
The cutest little baby sea turtle you’ve ever seen

How cute is this little turtle? I love this painting by artist Shanthi Thiruppathi depicting a scene where a newly hatched baby turtle is finding its way along the beach to the ocean.

The soft pastel colors are simply amazing and those colors along with the fact that the subject of the painting is a baby turtle makes me feel that this would be the perfect addition to a baby’s room.

Of course, it would also work really well in my bathroom. Hmmm….

Details: available in multiple sizes • print on canvas from acrylic painting original

Where to get it:
Etsy Baby Sea Turtle


Wadou Turtle

Wadou Turtle
Painted wood works for me

I’m a big fan of watercolors and I love the way that watercolors have been used on this portrait of a Wadou Turtle. You would swear that this turtle is wet. It’s so shiny. And I love how the artist has let the watercolors drip off of the turtle’s body, adding to the feel that this turtle just came ashore.

And I always like paintings on wood. Something about that…

Details: 20″ x 20″ • print on wood from watercolor original

Where to get it
Bed, Bath & Beyond Wadou Turtle


Turtle Shadow Box

Turtle Shadow Box
Shiny and blue, shiny and blue

Made from layers of glass, this Turtle Shadow Box gives a real 3D feel to the subject. I love it. Those bright blues just jump out at you, don’t they?

Details: 9.5″ x 9.5″ • glass and paint in shadow box

Where to get it
Bed, Bath & Beyond Turtle Shadow Box


Sea Turtles in Northern Lights

Sea Turtles in Northern Lights
Turtles appreciate purple

I am a big fan of purple. I mean a really big fan of purple, so this portrait of Sea Turtles in Northern Lights just really jumped out at me! I love the use of color here. Artist Lucy Loo Wales has just soaked this acrylic in color and it is fantastic!

And the more you look at it the more details that you notice. It’s great that there are multiple turtles floating around and the jellyfish are awesome!

And I envy these turtles: I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, but haven’t had the opportunity (yet).

Details: available in multiple sizes • print on canvas from acrylic original

Where to get it
Wayfair.com Sea Turtles in Northern Lights


Ocean Sea Turtles

Ocean Sea Turtles
Turtles and turtles and turtles….

These Ocean Sea Turtles are hand-chiseled from metal. I find that simply amazing. And that gives these little fellows a fantastic 3D aspect!

The colors of the patterns on the shells are just perfect and oh-so shiny!

Oh, and how about those happy expressions on their faces. Makes me smile!

Details: Turtle #1- 15″ x 15″. Turtle #2- 13″ x 12″ • painted, hand-chiseled metal

Where to get it
Amazon Ocean Sea Turtles


Assorted Sea Turtles

Assorted Sea Turtles
And more turtles…

Anything hand-painted gets my attention. And these assorted Sea Turtles definitely get my attention. There are a whole collection of these guys and since they are hand-painted each one is different.

They’re very lifelike, aren’t they?

Details: 5″ x 6″ • hand-painted atop plastic composite mold

Where to get it
Amazon Assorted Sea Turtles

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