Frogcois – Green Tree Frog

The Story Behind the Painting

Well this little frog was found by accident while gardening a Chevallan Archery Park where I was house sitting for the past month. While weeding I sourced a bucket and removed plastic bags from the bottom where I was surprised with a green tree frog and two of its friends.

I placed them in a small bucket and walked them down to the creek bordering the property, where I re homed them in one of the trees. After showing the frog a release form to take some photos, it gave it the once over and the response was “read-it”.

So I was all clear to proceed to take several photos and they are what I used for this current painting of Frogcois.

Frogcois – Green Tree Frog

My Painting Process

I thought this was going to be a quick painting and a bit of a teaser to a future painting I have planned. As I discovered this painting has rather a lot of detail in the moss and the frogs skin so the time blow out a little.

I started with a light green wash for the frogs skin and a rough placement of the tree moss.

The frogs eyes almost seem to have gold and black speckles which I found hard to reproduce at first but after a little persistence I started to get the colouring right.


As always I try and do something a little different each time, and this was trying to make an out of focus background. Maybe more water and less paint, but I get a little worried about the paper warping too much and had to tape it down.

More experimentation needed in this technique I think.

Time to start adding a little more foreground detail and try and create some convincing moss.


After close inspection of the frogs skin I discovered it was covered in tiny little dimples and bumps. So I started recreating this with little dots of green and brown very close together giving me a more realistic look.


Close up of my new brush and lots of tiny dots very close together.


Lots more detail in the eyes with white added and darkening of the lower half of the eye. Also adding white to the skin gave it a little more convincing wet look. This sort of worked for the moss but to get truly photographic moss I would need another 7hrs+ I think and I was on a time limit.

I absolutely love this little frog and its smile, totally brightens my day.


Finished artwork but in the afternoon setting sun it gave the artwork more of a warm cast. Sometime you just have to go with what you have, an old iPhone and a sunsetting and not a professional setup.


Art work framed and gifted to a friend.

I must admit that I had lots of fun painting this one and could easily do a whole series of frogs on logs, which I’m sure I will one day.


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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