Peek-a-Boo

28 Aug
We have a backyard pond.  The novelty has never worn off.  Each season it is so different – offering us many new things to enjoy, much like a natural lake.  Only much, much smaller.  In the spring we have froggie visitors that delight us.  And the other night – a frog spooked me when it jumped in front of my path into the pond.  Apparently he has taken up residency – it has been there ever since.
We make a point to visit each day and look for the changes. What is ready to bloom, what has grown seeming overnight, you get the idea. The daily feeding the kio and gold fish are a huge part of this routine as well.  (We really do not necessarily like to talk about the daily cleaning of the filter basket and other pond maintenance activities that presented this year.)
And so, armed with green gold, olive green, perylene green and sap green I began this painting adventure.  Although the lily pads took a lot of concentration – they were fun to paint.  Monochromatic.   But fun none the less.  The little leopard frogs were trickier to scketch in than they were to paint.  Almost my favourite bits of painting are the tiny little bugs.  I had to take my glasses off to work on them.
So, it is not a stretch that I must paint it (er… again).  The lily pads and water lilies are from our pond.  The leopard frogs are actually residents at the pond at Hooper’s Studio in Hampton, NB. So, this painitng is a  composite of a few different photos.  Their pond is also small and is providing haven to over 40 leopard frogs (at last count).  Beside their pond is a rather large net.  When I inquired what the net was for I was told to catch the bullfrogs.  My puzzled look brought about this explaination “they eat the leopard frogs so Kathy catches them and relocates them to another area of the yard”.   I love this story.
Anyway, after photographing the frogs I knew I need to incorporate a few of them into this painting.  Along with the odd lacewing and dragon fly.  Enjoy looking for them. Peek-a-boo!
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2 Responses to “Peek-a-Boo”

  1. eldy September 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I love this painting. I have just begun to explore the watercolor medium…infact still struggling. Your work is inspiring!

    • Helen Shideler September 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      Be patient with yourself – if you can draw with any level of confidence watercolor will happen for you.

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