Hi All Artists Hearts,
We have been experiencing quite a heat wave in our cities the last few weeks and although very uncomfortable it certainly takes the "wait" out of the drying time for our paintings when it has been a dry heat.  But when the humidity has been high some days our painting layers have taken much longer to dry than others. Thankfully, we are getting relief now and finally enjoying lovely cool evenings for sleeping, at least for the moment anyway.

Our little 5" x 9" tree frog painting is progressing nicely and so I thought I would zero in on the Green Tree Frog today.  One of the things that really captured my eagerness to paint this little fellow was his amazing eyes! 

  • Although not as startling as the big bulging red eyes of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, nevertheless, the colors of the Green Tree frog are stunning in their own right.  It was fun matching the perfect gold of the eye and his rich, black horizontal iris, typical of the Litoria genus.
  • He has a transparent eyelid. Actually he has 3 eyelids. Sometimes one of the 3 eyelids is opaque in some amphibians. Unlike the upper and lower eyelids, the nictitating membrane moves horizontally across the eyeball protecting the eye, especially while swimming. (The tympanum, a skin membrane similar to an eardrum, is seen here as a pale small circle visible near the eye.)

His golden-black eyes present a rich contrast with the rest of his body which is a beautiful, lively summer green along with his soft white lip.  And of course, he will contrast wonderfully against the setting sun in the background once it is completed.

The eye itself is a marvel for these species, but is quite different looking in the Red-Eyed Tree frog which we will clearly see when we reveal the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. 

This amphibian
screams when it is in danger to scare off its foe, and squeaks when it is touched.  However, like many frogs, they call not only to attract a mate, but also to advertise their location outside the mating season, usually after rain, for reasons that are uncertain to researchers.

I just love the way he is sitting on the branch pointing our eyes in the direction of his 'red-eyed brother' who is the center of attraction in this composition which we will see more clearly in a future post. Next time we will zero in on the younger version of a Red-eyed Tree Frog.  We don't want to spoil the surprise by revealing the main character too soon now do we?  So the suspense continues.   His comical expression makes me smile and I hope it will do the same for you as well.  :>) 

Until next time keep inspired and paint what you love.