Date: 2021
Size: 12″x9″ (including margins)


This woodblock print depicts an Eastern Box Turtle tucked neatly into its shell. His name is Soupy, and he’s a bit of a slowpoke. Humans may be advanced, but consider the humble turtle for a moment. Humans have been around for 300,000 years, but turtles have been around for 100 million. Your parents might have told you to respect your elders. Well, tip your hat to any turtle you see. It’s crazy to think turtles once roamed the earth with dinosaurs, and how they pull themselves into their shell is marvelous. Imagine being able to take a nap when and where you please.  No wonder turtles live so long!


This original artwork was designed, carved, and printed by Lyell Castonguay. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Japanese Chiri. Chiri has randomly distributed bark pieces sprinkled throughout, so every sheet of paper is unique. The artwork is signed in pencil by the artist.

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