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 an advanced species but consider for a moment the humble turtle. 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 the way they pull themselves into their shell is marvelous. Imagine being able to take a nap when and where you please. Now that’s living life to its fullest.
This design was hand carved into a piece of wood, inked, and printed by Lyell Castonguay onto Japanese Chiri paper. The paper dimensions are 12 by 9 inches, a perfect proportional fit for a standard size frame.