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07-11-2005, 05:01 AM
12" x 36" Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

Still have some tweaking to do, but would appreciate C&C please.. :) (reducing size for posting makes the pic blurry) **sigh** You can see a larger version here (http://www.geocities.com/dalmatians_au/BELVIN_ART3.html?1121067344031)

Any tips on photographing larger pieces gratefully accepted.

Even a better name would be appreciated..:D

Do you continue the painting around the sides of the canvas, or just paint the side in one colour???

Which is the more professional???

Thank you .. :)

07-11-2005, 05:38 AM
hi JJ, cute painting! It ain't easy being green :D lol BIG smile on my face here:)
Perhaps the froggies need some light in their eyes?
I paint the sides in a solid colour mostly, depends on what it is.

07-11-2005, 05:59 AM
Cute painting, Judy :clap:

How about "Just Hanging Out" ?


07-11-2005, 06:06 AM

I like your three little green frogs with red eyes a lot. You have a strong light coming in from the right which is very nice. The arrangement of the frogs is good and leads the viewer's eye around. The left side of the painting seems a little nondescript IMHO, although I like the way it goes darker there in shadow.

Very nice work.


07-11-2005, 06:23 AM
This painting is loaded with charm!!! Love it!! :clap:
I wonder what it would look like if each side were painted in the color of the background on that particular side? Or maybe continue the dark background color of the right side on all four sides?? Don't know what the norm is.
And yes, a little light dot in the eyes would be good!!! Nice work!!

07-11-2005, 06:46 AM
Thank you Lulu and Doug, Sylvia I am a little worried about the left side actually. It is supposed to be in the dark, but I wondering if I should put a couple more frogs back there.. The idea was to make the viewer think the little frogs have to scurry off back into the dark toi sleep the day away..

This painting is one in a series I am doing for the NightCap Gallery.. (Contemporary Art Gallery specialising in paintings, ceramics, pottery, glassware
and giftware by local artists of the Northern Rivers of NSW Australia.)

She is taking my Ladybug on the Cosmo (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3489202&postcount=1), and My Autumn Harvest (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2113533&postcount=84)..

Bertoni, thank you !! I love your enthusiasm.. Oops must put the highlights in their eyes..:D :o
I thought of painting the sdie dark green, with the foliage and the trunks in too but wondered if that was tooo.......you know..........

Wayne Gaudon
07-11-2005, 06:54 AM
I paint the sides in relative colors of the canvas .. usually just a blur of the corresponding colors. I think the frog, viewer left, could be toned downand let blend more with the environment since he is seconary to the the other two. Example: use a dark blue green instead of yellow green and use red purple instead of red. Just a thought. Congratulations of the gallery showings.

07-11-2005, 07:28 AM
Nicely done, JJ! I paint the sides of the canvas a sort of background color.

Lyn :D

07-11-2005, 07:50 AM
Cute JJ....I like the idea of adding some froggies lurking in the shadows....with not much value change from the b/g...nice composition....
think I agree with Wayne....subdue the left one a touch...


07-11-2005, 08:27 AM
Good picture, I love the frogs. Love to see it after you tweek it some more. Jan

07-11-2005, 09:52 AM
Hi JJ,
your paintings are very nice i had a look at the other two....i tended to paint over the edge but i have changed lately in favour of doing the whole edge in one colour or muted colour of the background colour.

07-11-2005, 11:30 AM
No advice - I just like this and the title too!

07-11-2005, 12:59 PM
nice, JJ

I paint the sides the colors of the paintings if it makes sense...otherwise just a neautral or black

07-11-2005, 01:42 PM
This is really neat, JJ!! I like the repeating triangles... makes for a very interesting composition... and your frogs are smiling back at me... :D

How about *Ribbeting!*

07-11-2005, 02:41 PM

Lively painting!
Can't advise you about painting the sides of you canvas, but have a suggestion for a title

How about Tree Tree Frogs (think Irish accent and you'll get the play on words LOL)


Charlie's Mum
07-11-2005, 03:17 PM
I agree about adding another couple of frogs sliding back into the darkness because I think more emphasis on the subject - frogs - would be better than attention on the setting - JMHO you understand! :D
I do like these little 'ribetting, rabbitting frogs' though, they're quite adorable!

There's a thread in the forum about painting/not painting/how to paint the sides if you do a search (tho' that doesn't always help!).
Some of the 'professionals' say paint the sides a solid black or white - tho' not silver.
Some say to continue the painting itself around the sides.
I do what some earlier have done, use the background colours in a non-specific way - they look part of the painting without distracting from the front.
I wondered if one of the frogs could be even brighter, as if 'Caught in the Dawn-light'? :D

07-11-2005, 07:55 PM
JJ. .......this is such fun.......... dont darken the little fella on the left too much , he's toooooo cute :) though compositionally I agree ;0

Im worried about the right eye ( left as we look) of the bottom frog.........looks just a tad swollen......... ???

07-11-2005, 09:20 PM
JJ, this is looking good.
We had a big Art Exhibition here just recently, and I actually went around looking at the wrapped canvas paintings to see what everyone had done on the edges, and 95% of them had painted them with a plain colour in one of the darker tones from the painting. Hope this helps.

Val. :wave:

07-11-2005, 10:39 PM
I like the subject and the strong light that you have on the subject. I have to wonder though if with light that strong if there wouldn't be stonger shadows being cast to our left of the frogs. Also I feel like the frog in the top right seems a little flat. I think you could push the background a little further by darkening the left side of the painting with a few glazes as well and help push that whole side into the darkness.
Great subject. Congratulations on the showing as well. I looked at your other two paintings and they both look great. I especially like the autumn harvest piece very well done.

07-12-2005, 02:14 AM
Gosh you people are great.. Thank you !! O.K. the general concensus is to paint the side a solid colour . Thanks.. I shall paint mine the deep green..

Wayne yes I agree and I did tone down that fog on the left just a tad.. Thanks..

Lyn thanks..

Lauren, yes I think I will add a couple more frogs in the deep shadows on the left.. Left one subdued..;)

Jan I will post another pic this evening..

Caroline thank you for looking and thanks for the advice..

Barbara thanks for popping in, glad you like the title, I wasn't sure if it worked or could be better.
Ususally the name come to me during the painting, but it didn't this time, and I must admit I was laughing the whole time I was painting those cute little frogs.. :D

Pam thank you for looking, yes I think the side in one colour would look more elegant..

Char, glad you like my composition. I drew it out about 4 times on my sketch pad, even did a couple of value sketches first. Painting those frogs was a very happing thing to do..:D I like ribbeting..;)

Lin hi there.. LOl love that Irish tree - tree frogs..:D Wonder if these Aussies would get it tho' (ducking) :D

Maureen hi. Yes you are quite right.. The emphasis IS on the frogs. I shall put another couple in and see if I like it. That's what i love about acrylics, you CAN change your mind.. :p Thanks for your info about the sides. Solid colour it is..

JT hi there g/f. No I didn't darken him too much just a little. I will check out that right eye again. Thanks..

Val, hi there. Thanks for looking.. Last art exhibition I went to, I was too busy checking out what the frames were for the watercolours :D Saw some specatular acrylics there, so beautiful, but didn't think to check the side of the paintings.. Doh!!

Sam thank you for your thoughtful critique. I will check out those shadows again and have another look at that little frog.
Thank you for looking at my other pieces..:)

I shall be going downstairs to work on my painting shortly. Just waiting for it to warm up a little. I have no heat down there yet, so have to wait, and as the day wears on it seems to get warmer.. Also the light is better when it is dark and I just rely on my daylight fluoros', only have a tiny window in there.

BUT I have heaps of SPACE :D Just perfect for throwing acrlyics around..;)

07-12-2005, 08:41 AM
I have tweaked..





I ended up not putting any more frogs in, just wouldn't look right, but if you look closely you will see those red froggy eyes peering out of the floiage waiting for the three stagglers to hurry home..;) :)

The camera does alter the colour a little and the brightness/glare. I don't yet know how to really fine tune my Dimage.. **sigh** I am trying tho' I have the book :D

07-12-2005, 11:10 AM

Love those little red eyes peering out from the shadows. Just the touch. I like the "tweaking" you did too.

Congratulations on having your series in a Gallery. Way to go! :clap:


07-12-2005, 09:45 PM
Thank you Sylvia for coming back and checking out my update.. :) Glad you like the eyes.

I deepened the shadows as suggested too, and gave more form to the frogs, it just doesn't show up too well on the photo..

07-24-2005, 10:28 AM

I am glad to find this other painting of yours with the little frogs, these paintings make me smile when I look at them, because the little frogs seem like they are smiling at us and their cute bright botton red eyes look like beacons in the dark.


07-24-2005, 10:33 AM
Thanks Sandro, and please, call me JJ..:)

These little frogs are indigenous to our part of the world. They are so cute with their red eyes..