Good-bye, George

As some of you may have heard, the tortoise Lonesome George died a week ago. He was the last of the Galapagos tortoises from Pinta Island. He was estimated to be over 100 years old, which is actually only middle-aged for his kind of tortoise. Maybe he really was lonely.

As a quick warm-up before moving on to a more complicated piece, I did a portrait of Lonesome George.

Salt made George’s textured skin.

George, nearly finished, with all of the inks I used to paint him.

I hope you aren’t as lonely in the afterlife, buddy.


  1. it baffles me how you keep the whites clean. really sweet portrait


    1. callmecaitlin

      If I knew the secret, I’d tell you. But I’m just as baffled! The best guess is that because I’m left-handed, I’m used to dragging my hand through fresh ink while writing if I’m not careful.


  2. Reblogged this on malikagandhi and commented:
    Sad news about George but you did a great job of picturing him.


  3. […] External Link: Caitlin Clarkson – Tribute to Lonesome George […]


  4. Oh man, I almost cried when I saw this portrait.


  5. Mike Schultz Paintings

    Great portrait of George!


    1. callmecaitlin

      Thanks Mike!


  6. I absolutely adore this. You are a truly fantastic artist.


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