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Northern Leopard Frog (18 by 24" oil on canvas) In Private Collection

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Northern Leopard Frog (18 by 24" oil on canvas) In Private Collection
Northern Leopard Frogs were once widespread throughout much of Alberta, but since the 1970s their numbers have been declining rapidly. They are now a threatened species in the province of Alberta. I wasn't planning on ever painting a Leopard frog until I was on one of my southern Alberta trips in early September of 2010. I was looking for Bull snakes when I saw two Leopard frogs in a little pond just off of a road at the base of a culvert. I couldn't believe it when I seen them, I never thought I would ever see Leopard frogs in the wild in Alberta after hearing about how scarce they seem to be now. I was able to get some pictures of the frogs and since then knew I had to paint them. I wasn't sure how to paint them and as it turned out I only painted one of the two that I seen. I decided to paint its profile because I was amazed at all the subtle colours and tones there are in a frog's skin, it's quite spectacular actually. I also like painting animal portraits from time to time and have never done a profile of any animal, so I figured I was due for the challenge.
Posted on October 26, 2013
Colin Starkevich