#NatureDoodlewash

Nearly missed this on the Nature Trail today… a frog basking on a lily pad.

For this I’ve used my expensive paints (!) and a good brush. I can see instantly the difference between the paints, even when I squeezed the paints the new ones were much better than the el-cheapo ones at even leaving the tube. I made a bit of a booboo though when I bought the new tubes of paint – I forgot to get the white, so I had to mix the el-cheapo white with the more expensive red for the flower, and got the yucky red colour rather than the vibrant reddy-pink I was aiming for. Well, I’m still learning! And the flower’s really background anyway…

Also with this one, the reflection beneath the flower was very dark, but I got carried away and filled in the space on the leaf and I shouldn’t have done, and then I ran out of the green colour I was using for the water, hence it being a bit angular and blotchy.

I enjoyed painting the frog. And here was me wanting a plain animal to paint today after yesterday’s owl… here’s the frog on its own, without the distracting background:

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. An an awesome frog it is!! Very nicely done, Tom! 😃Breaking out the expensive paints too! Yay! Yeah… totally go with the good paint!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Charlie! 😀 The thing is I can’t stay lacklustre forever, can I? And I will have to use the good paints one day, so why not now? 😉 (I’m still practicing, of course!)

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  2. Did you hear about the Frog that became a statue?

    He told the Wizard he wanted to be a Plinth… 😉

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Haha! Groan. Or should that be croak, Prenin… ribbit even! 😀

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    1. I’m going, Susan! I’m going!!! 😀

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  3. Wow! You are really cranking them out now. Great pic TL. Ya know, it really is tragic that we are so quick to speak about our failures instead of our brave accomplishments. We poor humans. Will we ever evolve? We ALL do it over and over again until we no longer notice what we are doing. We are attracted to our failures, however small, like magnets and our good accomplishments go unnoticed. It would behoove us to work hard on eliminating self criticism and judgment from our lives. Until we do we will remain weighted down and unable to rise up. The picture is exactly as it was meant to be for that moment, if you improve later on down the road, great, but for now the picture was the perfect manifestation of your talent. What fun it would be if we were all able to look at our art work and see it as perfect just like it is and be happy….We’ll get there, I have faith. Great job TL ! VK 🙂

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    1. You’re absolutely right, VK. We should do as we do and it is as it is… my problem is I compare my work to other people’s and I shouldn’t. I do want to be different, but by comparing I’m holding myself back to be the same. This is something I need to work on. Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. What a cute frog! I wonder if he will turn into a prince if someone kisses him? 🙂

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    1. Do you know, Sylvia, there’s every possibility that this frog may just do so! 😀

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