Treefrog - Hiding in Plain Sight

04 June, 2018 7 comments Leave a comment

One Two Treefrog, watercolour by Karen Richardson

One day I was reviewing some wildlife photos I had taken years ago, and came across a snapshot of a tiny tree frog that visited my Port Perry patio one day. The frog, an expert in camouflage, looked exactly like a flattened round pebble.

If you know me at all, it will come as no surprise that I tend to bring home stones from my travels. I have a large collection of interesting specimens displayed on the window sills in my studio and often feature these pebbles in my paintings.

I decided to paint a horizontal lineup of the frog with two similar stones from my travels last summer. One stone was from the Maritimes and the other was from Lake Superior. I made a short time-lapse video to show my creation of this amusing little painting, so you could see the steps involved. I think it is vastly interesting, even to those who are not painters, and I hope you do too. Just click on the image below to view the 90-second clip.

If you would like more details about the finished piece, click here.

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  1. Mary Leblanc June 17, 2018

    Hi Karen,I am always amazed at your work and this trio lives up to just how talented and creative you are.The inspiration of your painting,s encourage and make me aware of how much I love art and strive to become better in my own endeavours. Thank you so much for your shareing to all of us.

  2. Karen Richardson June 13, 2018

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I had fun painting this one, and I’m glad you are enjoying the finished work. Cheers.

  3. Werner Paetzold June 13, 2018

    Would not have thought that the last rock was a frog. Quite a disguise !! Amazing drawing.

  4. Gordon June 13, 2018

    Brilliant Karen !!

  5. Pam D June 13, 2018

    That was so cool, and the wee critter in total camouflage. Fun work Karen.


    Absolutely stunning and so creative!

  7. Janet Love June 13, 2018

    Hi Karen, I didn’t realize that tree frogs look so much like rocks. Until I read what you wrote I didn’t even see the frog. Thanks for the lesson.