it was a toad after all

This week I paint a toad I’d met and photographed at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. He’s a rescue. For the record, I’ve been calling him a frog.

Handsome, isn’t he?

Rescued Desert Frog Toad

This guy ↓ is painted on a small (12×12″) collaged panel using casein.

And only because I receive fresh… “freshest eggs the girls just laid”… eggs (Thanks Jasmine!), I complete the composition in egg tempera.

I miss painting with yolk! And yes, the fresher the egg, the silkier the yolk feels as it moves from brush to surface. The medium lends itself to this guy’s texture (which is why I understand he’s a toad and not a frog – #itsthetexture).

My first amphibian study. Maybe I’m finished with this composition – maybe I’m not. 


Filters. Fun.

This frog toad has been in the queue since last summer He brings with him the energy of rebirth adaptability and renewal regeneration.

Frogs Toads have fairly simple skeleton structure. They don’t have ribs. The pelvis can slide up and down the spine. And they don’t have necks. No head turning for this guy. 5 digits on back legs, 4 up front.

 

Speaking of egg tempera…”Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is showing both Male Torso and Female Torso in their current exhibition which runs through October 14th. If you’re in Bentonville… 
More info → Tempera


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