Dapper Dude Box Turtle

Adult male Eastern Box Turtles are dapper dudes. Last year, during an August visit back East, I got up close and personal with the adult male that frequents my best friend’s garden. Until seeing this beautiful male I had no idea they were so gorgeous. Rich oranges and yellows in incredible patterns adorned his shell. Fortunately my trusty iPhone camera was at hand and belly down in the driveway he was digitally captured. Later, Dale commissioned me to paint her turtle cozying up to blooming Prickly Pear that grows in her Cape May County, New Jersey backyard. Below is the resulting pastel that was great fun to paint.

Dale's Box Turtle

Dale’s Box Turtle

Turtle Detail

Turtle Detail


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