Frog & Fish study from today

Even though my deadline is looming just a few weeks away, I’m still rehearsing for the live performance.  Admittedly it’s not a theatre peice, but for this book I want a feeling of fresh immediacy and for that I have to be sure of every brush stroke and colour before I hit the final sheets.  My plan is that the 15 spreads will take 15 days, and for that I need 15 weeks of practice.

Today I was practicing frogs.  I admit I’m getting happier with the results.

Spashing in green paint

I’ve been splashing a lot of green paint in the last few weeks for my new book.  It’s been fun drawing and painting frogs.  I haven’t done that since ‘In My Backyard.’

These are practice pictures.  Painting water lilies has been a challenge. I’ll be doing quite a few more to get it right.

pencil study of a frog