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Barbara
03-07-2001, 03:28 AM
This was done for a "green" project at another group. I thought it was fun! Watercolor 5X7
Barb
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bbbilly1326
03-07-2001, 09:03 AM
Beautiful Barb, looks like it was fun. What medium?
Bill

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ReNae
03-07-2001, 07:54 PM
Beautiful handling of those watercolors! Very nice *ribbit*

Warmth,
ReNae

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taghera
03-07-2001, 10:43 PM
Interesting piece, very well handled.

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animal
03-07-2001, 10:48 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Barbara,
Great job on the frog. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif I especially like how you have done the eyes on this one, very liquidy and lifelike. How do you make the eyes so realistic? How did you achieve the texture of the frog`s skin?

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Sculpi
03-07-2001, 11:39 PM
That is a very beautiful froggy.....and I love how you handled the background in that you left it alone.....I really prefer that with animals.
A very lovely painting
Leila

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Barbara
03-08-2001, 06:53 AM
Thanks everybody.
Animal -I think frog eyes are kind of cool -- like they are flecked with gold flakes! I was surprised this came through as well as it did in the painting. My initial underwash was the rather brilliant yellow that you see in the surrounding background. Then as I layered the colors over that dried wash, it still had a lot of influence on the greens I applied (I really dont like yellow greens so I tend to avoid them -- this was an excersize to get over that!) Anyway, for the eye, I just did the top half with a slightly more orangey glaze and the bottom half with the greenish reflection -- leaving highlights (in fact before that I may have even lifted a bit of the yellow from these highlights) when this was dry, I painted in the darks (ultramarine and burnt umber I think) of the iris and the stippling to model the shape of the eyeball. Voila! frog eye! I am really into eyes -- if I dont get anything else right - I usually DO get the eyes down -- for me it's what breathes life into an image.

Texture on the skin? Hmm I just kind of added washes with regard to color I saw. Bluish green wash first from right to left keeping towards the left side of the frog and then added warmer washes later -- earthy tones where I saw them. The texture kind of took care of itself.

As for the background -- my weakness is in backgrounds but I am working on that in other pieces. Once the animal is finished I often lose interest in doing any more. But sometimes I do like a more completed look. For this frog, it was floating in a sea of duckweed in the photo. Duckweed being those little round bright green slimy leaves. I liked the look of the duckweed but quickly got tired of painting it! Hence, sketchy background -- but I like it ok. I didnt want to spend a lot of time on this -- just thought of it as fun. Interesting how those seem to work out better sometimes.
Barb

dduchene
03-08-2001, 08:20 PM
Cool Barb...all round......love it. Kermit never looked better http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
I like the textures you've achieved in this piece, nice mottling.

Darrell