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Inking completed.

Inking completed.

Whew, I’m ready for the watercolors at last. After 2 days of layout and 4 full sessions of inking I am finally ready for the watercolors.  This is has been one of the more complicated drawings I have done over the last few years and it’s a small one to boot.  So much detail in a 6×8 area is difficult.  I was very careful with it all but I still have a few stray lines where I lost my place in the perspective, particularly in the porch ceiling area.  I had to work shorter sessions because my eyeballs began to cross, shifting from the drawing to the photo and then back to the drawing again.  The photo is relatively low resolution and with no real detail shots to help, I had to ask a few questions and keep peering at the enlargement.  It’s tiring for my poor eyes.

The siding is white, so the flag, bunting and flowers will have to provide most of the color interest.  The roofing has a greenish cast but there is not much shown of it.  Not much visual interest there to help out.  The rest of the landscaping is rather basic.  I think the watercolors will be much quicker to do, so maybe it will get out by first of next week.

Wednesday morning we had a bit more excitement than I would have preferred.  John and I were heading out for a walk when he found Mr. Turtle stuck on a sticky insect trap behind my car in the garage.  How he got in or how long he was there, I don’t know because we hadn’t left the garage door open for very long the previous days.  He must have been sitting in the flower bed just on the outside of the garage door and darted (for a turtle) inside at some point.  I was quite upset for my little friend and we had only moderate luck getting the remains of the pad off of him.  I called the local animal rescue about what to do, but there was no answer.  Then I did what I should have done in the first place – I checked the internet.  A video I found showed a mouse being freed by using vegetable oil where the hair was stuck to the pad.

By golly, it worked for the mouse and it worked for Mr. Turtle (mostly).  I sat holding him and used q-tips to apply the oil to his shell and legs where the goo was, for about half an hour.  Did you know that turtles can vocalize?  I didn’t but Mr. Turtle surely told me with his hisses that he didn’t appreciate his olive oil spa treatment.  I got most of the goo off except some spots that were higher up in the leg cavities of the shell because he kept closing up on me.  I decided to put him in a box for a few hours and see if he could work out the remaining goo and paper by moving around in the box, trying to make his escape.  When I came back later, he seemed to have accomplished that task fairly well.  I used the q-tips to remove what I could see remained up in his shell and on his legs.  Then I placed him at the woods’ edge away from the house.  After a few minutes, he scuttled off.  I hope he will be all right.  I am so thankful that John saw him.  I would have felt terrible had I accidentally run over him.  Who really ever finds a box turtle stuck on a sticky pad in their garage.  I guess we do.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DixSterling
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 15:55:50

    I can see the crossed eyes possibilities. Love the turtle story. Hope he is well and happy now.


  2. ruthsartwork
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 16:50:12

    Yes, I wear contacts, one for near and one for far. My eyes got tires quickly. I finished up the inking and started the watercolors which should go a lot faster.


  3. Zyriacus
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 17:24:07

    Since there is no need for conceitedness when working, maybe you should change for bifocal glasses. And thank you for all the care you gave Mr Turtle.


    • ruthsartwork
      Sep 17, 2015 @ 17:45:14

      So true, but my eyes are so bad (over 800/20 for both eyes plus the need for reading glasses) that the combo is quite difficult to work with. Contacts also give me peripheral vision that I miss with glasses. I have had to resort to reading glasses with the contacts when I work, but I don’t need them for normal reading and life. It’s not easy having my eyes, but I am grateful I can see and mostly have corrected vision. The glasses I have are heavy and thick even though they are the thinnest available so i wear them as little as possible.

      I sure hope Mr. Turtle is okay, too. I will still worry until I see him again, which may not be until next spring. I have seen him much more frequently than usual this year.


  4. Carol King
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 23:40:42

    What an intricate, detailed drawing! How beautiful. And I’m so happy you rescued Mr. Turtle.


    • ruthsartwork
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 10:11:09

      Me, too. When I think I could have hit him with my car, I shudder. We have been gardening pals for 5 years now. I’ve started on the watercolors. It should go quickly from here on.


  5. Cindy Dauer
    Sep 20, 2015 @ 11:55:34

    Beautiful! Love the shape of the house, and the perspective!


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