My deep love and appreciation for the ocean inspired this acrylic painting. I decided to go for an impressionistic approach rather than a realistic one, emphasizing the little specks of color in the sand and the sea turtle’s skin. Teal is my favorite color, so I extensively used my favorite paint, island blue (by Anita’s Acrylic Paint), with touches of Process Cyan (by Grumbacher) to offset it.


Sea animals remind me of God’s omnipotence. Sometimes the tide carries us into hazardous waters. But as God controls the ocean, He also directs the current of our lives and will give us the strength to keep swimming.

Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.

If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosarus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit:

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