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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Turtle on Matboard~Complete


I'm calling this one done. I took a few snapshots of the painting, adjusted the colors & resized the image in my photo editor, then realized my fly needed a couple of legs. I added the legs, went through the whole process all over, then saw a few areas that needed some tweaks...blah, blah, so on and so forth. I think I'm finally happy with the finished painting and the image now, thank God.

As I was painting this I was reminded of Jimmy the Turtle who I rescued from certain death when I was just a kid, probably around 4 years of age. He was trying to cross a busy road near a pond when I spotted him. Despite turtle's reputations for being slow they can actually move pretty darn fast when they want but they tend to pull back into their shells when they hear cars coming. I begged my parents to let me keep him so I brought him home, gave him a name and he lived in a galvanized laundry tub with all the amenities in my side yard for a few weeks. My Dad finally made me realize that Jimmy needed to be back with his family so I had to let him go. Man, that turtle sure hustled when I turned him loose in that pond! It was my first lesson in "If you really love something, sometimes you have to let it go".

6 comments:

maggie said...

Yup, yup....known a few "Jimmmies" myself.....beautiful watercolour.

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Maggie.:) I always kept some sort of pond critter when I was growing up. Ponds and the life in them still fascinates me.

Jeanette said...

Perfect touch with the insect, its wonderful.

I was a pondaholic when I was a kid, always dragging home some frog or tadpole. Just as well there weren't turtles!

cabap said...

wonderful Billie,
jan :)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks so much, Jan.:)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jeanette! Sorry I missed you earlier when responding. Pondaholic...good name for it.