Hands to the floor Formally reciting a poem A frog
Yosa Buson’s later haikai continued this theme:
Jumping in And washing off an old poem A Frog
Sakai Hoitsu’s seventh month painting from his Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months shows a frog on a canna lily leaf alluding to the frog poet, and that inspired me and gave direction to my effort. I placed my frog on the floating leaf of a yellow pond lily (Nuphar polysepalum). Borrowing a common technique from the Japanese Rinpa School, I used a tarashikomi, or the “dripping in” effect for the lily leaves by allowing wet paint to diffuse over them. I made the frame for this painting 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.