Painted Turtles, 2012

Kyle L. Poirier, Painted Turtles, 2012
acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 in.
$100.00 plus $11.00 shipping and handling within Canada.
SOLD! To a very nice person.

A couple of months ago, we purchased a pair of kayaks. They are beginner models, sold as a complete set with everything you need and then some, and they were on sale, bonus! The idea was to get out as a family and be active while having little adventures.

On Saturday, I finally had a chance to get out in the water with them for the first time. It was fun and stress free, and inspired a couple of paintings, Painted Turtles being one of them.

We paddled along the shoreline of Duck Lake, just outside of town, where we ended up down a little river. While riding the current, we noticed a pair of painted turtles sitting on a floating tree stump near the reeds.

Feeling lucky to see some wildlife on our little excursion, we continued up along the shoreline until we hit a little bay. Stumps and wooden palettes were scattered throughout, and on them were more turtles. Lots of turtles. Turtles everywhere, all grouped together, necks stretched to the sky basking in the sun.

We had to carefully paddle in for a closer look, as more turtles swam alongside and under our kayaks. There must have been at least a hundred turtles around us. There were small ones, but most seemed to have a shell length of about 10 inches or so.

It really was an amazing sight to see, and the source of inspiration for this painting.