Yesterday I thought there was an armadillo in the middle of the road. When I slowed down not to hit him I realized it was an enormous tortoise. I was so shocked I didn't take a pic of him. Cars were slowing to gawk in both lanes and somebody was going to get hurt because the road was curvy speed limit 55 but people will speed up for the South Carolina bridge across the river.
I called 911 and turned around to get him out of the road. Didn't want him run over and he would have loved our woods. Sandy soil. His fav!! But he was gone. No trace of him. I assume one of the other cars braved traffic and picked him up.
Gopher Tortoise Adventures!
I doubt I will ever forget what he looked like - lot like a Galapagos turtle. Thick legs. Huge head and neck. Standing tall off the highway. Sandy brown smooth shell.
I spent two hours searching for him last nite on Google and the photoes I found that looked like him was a Galapagos turtle which is huge...5' long and almost extinct so I doubt it was one of those...then I searched on Georgia tortoises and found this guy. The Gopher Tortoise...large but not like a Galapagos.
All he only eats grass and leaves, and burrows in sand. Where I live is within their range from South Florida to mid Georgia and South Carolina west to southern Lousiana. I hope I see one again sometime...a very cool old guy!!
Reminds me of that famous childhood travel question. "Are we there yet?" And it would be great if we were all in the car headed for Edisto, and the kids were in the back seat saying that endless refrain!! In the meantime I will just paint beachy paintings.
After the Storm
Late evening after a storm...the skies are gorgeous the water is dark and stormy. Having worked on this off and on for a while yet I no longer know if it's done. What do you think? I am putting it on the easel and am going to stare at it awhile...maybe it will tell me!
I know this ones not done yet but like where it's heading. That star fish is quite a challenge but the nice thing about painting shells...they don't have to be an exact science like a portrait!
I have been trying to use quinacridones where I could on this one..they have such a nice glow. I used the quinacridone sienna on the star fish and I HOPE the glow shows...I also mixed it with ultramarine to get the purples and browns on the big murex shell on the right...though its far from done I like it. And of course scallop shell will have quinacridone magenta or rose on it...will make it just glow I HOPE!!! I have already used quinacridone coral on it. I DO love Daniel Smith's quinacridones...delicious colors!
This is my too adorable grandson Henry. How could I fill a sketchbook without one of him?
He's done for now though thinking of adding a shadow on his left side of his chin. Henry loves to read and say his ABCDs as he calls them so I added writing and his name to his painting w my ABCD Washi tape. Love that stuff.
He started as a sketch I did about a week ago. Took awhile to decide to paint him but a smear of green paint did the trick.
Thanks to everyone who's been checking my blog. It's truly amazing and inspiring!!
Been working on this double page spread for a few days.
Zoe and Tom
My Jack Russell Zoe and cat Tom continually jockey to see who can snuggle closest to me on the sofa. Here they both are trying to push me off the sofa!!
I like the loose juicy watercoloriness of this page.
This is Zoe's story. A pound puppy but a true princess. She thinks it's all about her. She's the best trained sweetest JR I have ever had and we've had a lot!! She sits, stays and best thing she does is DANCE like a circus dog. I have been known to take her to local art fairs and show off her talents...hmm I should put out a hat to collect $$, shouldn't I?! She's also very fond of dressing up and requires a scarf and collar at all times. If the scarf falls off while she's playing she will try to nose it back on. I don't know how somebody could leave her at the pound but THANK YOU previous owners!!