Colorful eastern box turtle

Colorful Box Turtle Painting

The latest painting in my vibrant psychedelic animal series is this male eastern box turtle! This colorful painting features a cute eastern box turtle in trippy rainbow colors with a psychedelic multicolored background. It was painted on a 11″ x 14″ wood panel and finished on August 12, 2022. A full size version of this artwork can be seen in my portfolio here. This creature has been on my to-do list for a few years now, and I am glad I was finally able to paint one! Reference Photo kindly provided by Richard Coldiron of iNaturalist.

Eastern box turtles are a fairly vibrant species of turtle already, and I turned it up to 11. They typically have yellow and/or orange markings on a dark brown or black background, with the males usually being more colorful than females. Males also typically have bright red eyes. I took the yellowish orange markings of this turtle and painted them with fluorescent yellow, orange, pink and red tones. The real painting is way more intense than can be displayed on the screen. The orange areas actually seem to glow! The “black” areas of this turtle are created with teal, blue, violet, and purple, with some hot pink and green accents. The highlights on the shell were done with pale yellow. I enhanced the natural contrast in the shell and body of the turtle by adding intense highlights and shadows.

Rainbow Eastern Box Turtle painting
Rainbow Eastern Box Turtle painting

Even though box turtles appear to be a tortoise, they are actually closely related to water turtles, such as the red eared slider and panted turtle, in the family Emydidae. The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is a subspecies of the common box turtle (Terrapene carolina). There are seven species of box turtles, all of which are found in North America. Box turtles range throughout the United States and Mexico. Most species of box turtle are listed as wither threatened or endangered. you can learn more about the eastern box turtle on the Wikipedia Page.

Rainbow Eastern Box Turtle Coffee Mug
Rainbow Eastern Box Turtle Coffee Mug

Places to Purchase this Box Turtle Artwork Online

This beautiful painting is available for purchase as a fine art print and more in my various online stores. Please read about the stores and what products are available in each one below. – Wall Art and Home Decor

In my Wall Art store I have many options for great gifts. This store is powered by FineArtAmerica (aka, which take care of fulfillment and orders. There are eight wall art options to choose from: canvas print, framed print, paper art prints, posters, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints, and cloth wall tapestries. All variations come with multiple options each. All prints except the tapestries range in size from 6″ x 8″ for the smallest size, all the way to 48″ x 60″ for the largest size. There are hundreds of frame and mat colors and styles to choose from. This is the best place to go for wall art and art prints.

Other products in this store include the following: greeting cards, phone cases, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, carry-all zipper pouches, beach and bath towels, t-shirts, coffee mugs, yoga mats, spiral notebooks, fleece minky blankets, jigsaw puzzles, vinyl stickers, and wood ornaments.

RedBubble – Apparel and Gifts

My Redbubble store is a great place to go for all kinds of gifts, apparel, and home decor. They have the largest selection of apparel of any of my stores, including t-shirts, hats, hoodies, sweatshirts, scarves, and tank tops. They also have a large selection of wall art options as above, but with fewer choices for sizes and styles. Their stationery options include spiral notebooks, hardcover journals, vinyl stickers, greeting cards, and postcards. They have several office and tech options, including phone cases and skins, ipad cases and skins, laptop sleeves, mouse pads, desk mats, laptop skins, and iPhone wallets. Home decor products include acrylic blocks, throw pillows, floor pillows, fleece blankets, tapestries, shower curtains, bath mats, wall clocks, coasters, comforters, duvet covers, coffee mugs, fridge magnets, and water bottles. Other gifts include tote bags, jigsaw puzzles, zipper pouches, pet mats, and bandanas. There is a lot to choose from in this store.

Society6 – Home Decor and Gifts

In my Society6 Store there are many similar products as the two stores above. They also have other products to chose from that are not available in the previous stores, as well as the standard selection of wall art and home decor that can be found there. Products that are unique to this store include the following: acrylic box, acrylic tray, can cooler, cutting boards, floating acrylic print, framed canvas, mini art prints, ipad folio case, card cases, outdoor rugs, placemats, recessed framed prints, rectangular pillows, indoor rugs, serving trays, pillow shams, travel mugs, wall hangings, welcome mats, wine chillers, and wood panel wall art. Their fleece blankets also feature an 88″ x 104″ size that is not found elsewhere.