FROG GAMES ACRYLICS ON CESAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2019
Lately the summers have been so dry that we haven’t seen tree frogs in the yard as we once did. Bright green tree frogs living in our fountain were a joy to see, hunkered down in the bamboo fountain parts. They thoroughly enjoyed taking a bath in their small but perfectly-sized pool of water. The rains that have recently returned, although briefly, bring hope that we will see, or at least hear them again before summer is through. Missing frogs, I painted this picture to entice them to return. My inspiration for both design and composition continues to be the great painters of the Japanese Rinpa School. I employed their methods and motifs to create the designs for my stream, rocks and sandy banks, using a tarashikomi-like effect on both the leaves and the rocks. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.