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Smile by ART-fromthe-HEART Smile by ART-fromthe-HEART
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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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RussCameron Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   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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