Jacklyn Laflamme

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Tales Of The Surfside Turtles

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A Turtles Tail Will Tell The Tale

I was honored to be one of 18 artists selected to participate in this unique Art In Public Places event in the Town of Surfside where the sculptures were to be displayed throughout the city.  My 4’ high fiberglass/ resin turtle arrived and it was love at first sight. I named him Tortuga. This magical creature filled my studio and inspired me. I was so excited to get started painting and even more excited to finish. As I neared the end, it dawned on me,  Tortuga was a girl… Mme Tortuga.

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As part of the project we were asked to write the Tale of The Surfside Turtle. Here is Mme Tortuga’s Tale:

Madame Tortuga

A turtles tail will tell the tale

Of Madame Tortuga as she set sail…

Once upon a foreign shore

A plain white turtle seeking more

Paris is the place to be

It didn’t seem to meet her needs

 She swam and swam with all her might

Almost ready to give up the fight

And in the distance, saw a shimmering light

It was so colorful and Oh so bright

Like nothing seen in all her life

She reached the shore with such delight

And there she met her muse, her light

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Who taught her about color, and the beauty of life

She showed her valor in the butterflies flight

And the shade of strength in a tigers might

Tiki torches lit the beach

While a lazy crocodile tried to sleep

A dolphin played and had a ball

She was truly amazed by it all

Jet set girl showed her finer things

Like tea cups and jewels and the richness it brings

Her voice which came from her big mouth lips

Told tales of seahorses, birds and magical fish

She kissed three toads so she could see

If prince charming was meant to be

Instead she grew a big red heart

And fell in love with real cool art

Oh no the time has come to part

With a peaceful wink and one final drink

Madame Tortuga had so much to think

With Cosmopolitan in hand

Time spent here was simply grand

A toast to the artist, big thanks to Jacklyn

Who showed her a lifestyle to imerse herself in

She was finally ready, ready to roam

Swim the big ocean and find her way home

All painted and pretty with tattoos of her own

We all have our journeys some not so far

With imagination and color

We can all be bright stars! artist image

The Power to be creative…

We all have the power to be creative. No matter what shape or form the canvas is, the same principles to organize the elements within the work apply.

I would like to thank all the artists at Studio 18 and everybody who supported me while working on Mme Tortuga!

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Author: Jacklyn Laflamme

Jacklyn Laflamme.... In Living Color!

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