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Everybody needs to smile once in a while! This eastern box turtle was a rare guest to my family’s front yard (they usually stay in the woods with soft dirt). I had to protect him from the cats as he made his way through the grass. He had a hard time walking through it, so I helped him out despite his hissing the whole way. Still, when I looked at him, he smiled at me. I don’t know if he really was smiling, or it’s just the contours of his mouth, but I’ll take it as a friendly grin. Hope you share a smile today!

“Smile!” 8x10” acrylic on wood. © Cara Bevan 2009

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RoyalCharadTaxidermy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Oh my, she has such a face of an old grannie! :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL such a happy old granny turtle ;)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you really have wild turtles like this near your house? :wow:
Hmm, I'd say that's just the shape of his mouth, but when an animal seems to smile, it becomes sympathetic to people immediately, just like dolphins, and that's never a bad thing for conservation. ;)
Great painting again! The grass in the front looks a littly furry. :D It might have been more realistic to paint the blurry background lighter than the grass in the front. :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Yep! Those are eastern box turtles. They have such a wide range of pattern and colors! I saw a snapping turtle last week, it was HUGE (armful huge...of course, you can't hold it in your arms or else you'll lose a finger!) Isn't that funny how easy it is to humanize animals? As long as it gets people to notice them it's a good thing. :D Though most animals are more human than we know so there..or rather we're more animal than we think. ;)

^^; Oh yeah! That would've been a better choice. Oops, live and learn! :highfive:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm totally in love with the eastern box turtle now! :love: I just looked it up, it's Carolina-Dosenschildkröte in German: Caroline tin turtle! :D There are several subspecies...
Wooow, a snapping turtle!! :eyepopping: They can be really scary, but they're also awesome! I love their tails, they make them look like dinosaurs!

I totally agree with you. There seems to be a good way of humanizing animals after all. ;)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: I know aren't they awesome?! We have several of the subspecies around here, though we usually just see the eastern. Seen the florida box turtle once. :) We just accepted a rescued snapper today. A friend of ours brought it to us with a crack in its shell after a car purposefully hit it (while the man was standing there getting ready to help it! Stupid motorists!) It wasn't a serious injury so we released it to our pond. It'll have PLENTY to eat there! :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:-O Oooh, poor snapper! What a cruel thing to do to a wild animal!! :rage:
Really? And what will it eat in your pond? :) Oooh, you have so much wildlife around you... :love:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:( I know, some people can be so cruel! The rednecks around here AIM for any wildlife anywhere near the road! :explosion:
The snapper will eat frogs and tadpoles and little fish...we have so many little fish and tadpoles that the water constantly ripples from their swimming! :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
In Australia, where they have a plague of cane toads, many people swerve about on the roads to hit as many of them as possible with the wheels, but I think even that is pathetic because they'll never get rid of all the toads that way. Aiming at wild animals who aren't introduced and possibly even rare should be considered a crime! :rage:
I hope the snapper will be happy and healthy in your pond. :) They can become quite big, can't they? Is it a male or female?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
D: I knew there was a plague of toads in Australia, but I didn't know they were so hated that people ran them over in the roads! Granted if there are too many to dodge you're going to be hitting them...but to do so willingly and spitefully is despicable! :explosion:

:meow: I'm sure he'll be the happiest snapper ever! They can get huge, not sure how huge, but the biggest we've seen is a foot and a half long (just the shell! Not including the head and tail!) We're not sure what sex this one was, but it was agitated and we weren't willing to check. ;) LOL
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooh, my hearts goes so soft when I see a turtle! What a beautiful smile!!
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krishna76 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful, and realistic. You were truly able to capture the unique spirit of this turtle.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you! Box turtles have so much personality :D
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Shinlock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Seriously, How do you make your paintings so realistic!?!? :jawdrop:
Can I be . . . like. . . your apprentice!?!?
:hump:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Aww, thanks! I can give you pointers if you like! I'm already mentoring :icondargon1: and :iconsusilikes2draw:
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Shinlock Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Yes Yes Please Do!!!! :boogie: :strip:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Okay! First, what do you want help on? Is there a technique or style you want to know more about? Or do you want me to critique something of yours (I'm nice) and give you ideas for improvement? If so, give me a link. :)
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Shinlock Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Wow Thanks! :glomp:
Well, I want to learn your technique first. How do you manage to keep even the tiniest rock in your painting so realistic and detailed? I tried painting rocks and it always ended up so plain and it looked like a bun. Also the ground, how do you make it so. . . sandy? I don't know if that's the right description :phew: But the soil, it looks just like a soil and your subjects! They look so realistic! I tried making my subjects realistic but it still looks like an ordinary painting. So what is your secret behind all these wonderful paintings? :excited: :excited: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! :typerhappy:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Glad to help!

I paint in tiny strokes, and also (believe it or not) a bit of finger painting. To make rocks look like rocks, and not buns (I know what you're talking about, I've done that before :doh:), rocks need to be textured. Some rocks have sharp edges, thus sudden shadows, some are smooth, but every kind has pecks, dents, and tiny holes. To get that effect, take a shadow color on a small tipped brush and tap the brush on the rock shape. You'll get little peck marks. To make more, while the paint is still wet, poke it with your finger several times. This will multiply the dots! You have to use acrylic for this technique. Just keep in mind that everything has texture. And the smaller the brush, the more details you can make (and the more realistic it becomes.) The soil is the same way - it's thousands of tiny dots. There's atleast 10 different colors of dots in different areas. I used a spikey stiff brush (that's been abused so the bristles stick out) for these dots. Then I dab with my finger to multiply them. Using a light dot near a dark dot shows light and shadow and realistic texture.

As for getting other textures (and realism) check out these tutorials/guides I made:[link]

2 part guide:
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grugster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I feature this wonderful work in my journal. [link]
Hope that is okay with you. If you don't want it there, please inform me and I will remove it immediately. Bye Sunny
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so great. The turtle looks so real. I love all the colors.
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he-ate-my-heart Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Artisan Crafter
i absolutely love the texture!
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent work!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha that turtle looks like he is smiling! :D
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist
just great! :)
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UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I love his little puckered smile and the values of the grass blades. Very cool-
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tonyarama Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
I love it. Look at his face. So cute. And I love tortoises. Brilliant!
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philippeL Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very amazing!
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DupleSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Love the colors!
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TubaQueen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
He definitely made me smile :D Great facial details!
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why hallo thar. :bucktooth:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:lmao:
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GianniMiquini Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
love this!
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Sofera Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cute!
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