Watercolor by Jan Howlett called Harmonizing Down by The Pond-Stage 7Hi All Artists Hearts,
Well here is the star of the show sporting  his glorious aqua blue suit, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog!  He was so much fun to paint.  Once I have finished all the last minute details I will be able to post a final photograph of the entire piece hopefully in a better quality format for you. 

You may wonder why I bother with research and fact-finding when bringing a composition together. You will understand later in this post.  So for now I realize you already know some facts, but here are a few additional facts about this amazing creature that you may see incorporated into my painting.

  • Males usually range from 2.0 to 2.5 in (5.1 to 6.4 cm), while females range from 2.5 to 3.0 in (6.4 to 7.6 cm).
  • Young frogs are typically brown in color and turn greener as they mature, although adult frogs can change their color slightly depending on mood and environment.
  • Red-eyed tree frogs have soft, fragile skin on their stomachs, while the skin on their backs is thicker and rougher.
  • The red-eyed tree frog has three eyelids, and sticky pads on its toes Phyllomedusa tree frogs are arboreal animals, meaning they spend a majority of their lives in trees; they are great jumpers.
  • These tree frogs are known to live as long as five years to 10 yrs (data from captive breeding programs), depending on the health and conditions of their habitat.
  • Red-eyed tree frogs inhabit areas near rivers and ponds in rainforests from southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern Colombia and even some in the USA.
  • Red Eye's seem to exist better in a community rather than on their own. They are social in nature. 

I have learned so much while painting this little watercolor and I hope you found it interesting as well.  Researching is only one part of the process that helps me to create a piece that is more authentic and true to the subject matter. 

It supplies me with vital information that viewers will see tucked into the composition as a whole and if they are also knowledgeable about the subject it will mean a lot more to them as they recognize all the things that bring the picture alive. Of course I don't use all the information or all the details that I may gain from my research, just enough to describe my subject and make it a lively piece that touches the emotions and the heart.

All-ready you will have been able to recognize some of these facts woven into each segment of the composition from their habitat to their social community needs and those little things that help to enhance the story within this little painting.

Until next time have a great day and stay inspired,

Blessings, Jan.