Sunday, May 31, 2009

Frog Prince ACEO

Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Multimedia Artboard
Reference photo of frog provided by Gabe Lees.

Inspired by the beautiful paintings of frog prince by my fellow artist Melody Lea Lamb, I did this painting last week. The photo of this beautiful frog was provided by nature photographer Gabe Lees. Thanks Gabe!

I had problems painting the stone, as usual and as you can see. I consulted with my fellow artist Alice Thompson who has recently produced amazing painting of a fish bone and stones. I realize that I need lots of practices on stones and rocks among many other things.


48 comments:

DEB said...

Akiko - I think this turned out GREAT! And when I first saw it, I immediately thought of Melody Lee!

Alice Thompson said...

Positively Charming Akiko. You are a stone master for sure! I knew you didn't need any help from me because you had it covered all along. Two questions, first-was the crown added by you and second- is this before or after the frog was kissed?

artbyakiko said...

Deb, thanks! Yes, Mel has several frog prince ACEOs that are so adorable. When I saw the ref photo of this frog, I just had to try a frog prince myself.

artbyakiko said...

Alice, thank you for your compliment. My stone is far from your stones in terms of skills. Yes, I added this little crown; I think he looks rather distinguished with it. Now he needs a princess! lol

Kathleen Coy said...

He is so sweet, Akiko! I adore Melody's Frog Prince series, and I love seeing your spin on it. :-)
I haven't painted a lot of stone, but the times I have, I remember thinking it was fun.

artbyakiko said...

Kathleen, thank you! Painting stones usually fun for me at the beginning, but then I start to get frustrated when it doesn't turn right. :(

Sumabokemo said...

This is just incredible. Your work continues to inspire me...

artbyakiko said...

Cathie, thanks!! Appreciate it.

Vic said...

Love it Akiko,look forward to seeing more.

artbyakiko said...

Vic, thank you for your visit!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Akiko, this is wonderful! I thought of Melody Lee when I first saw it. The stone looks great to me! You are always working to try out new things. I'm usually dragged into the new kicking and screaming :-)

Mona said...

Akiko, fabulous! I like the jewels in the crown. I find rocks hard to paint also, but I think you did a great job, and it looks like you were at your ease with it. Did you use any spattering, like with a toothbrush, or brushwork only?

Edward Burton said...

I LOVE this one, Akiko - wonderful job!

artbyakiko said...

Gail, this stone is not exactly what I intended, but I'm glad that you like the stone. Thanks!

artbyakiko said...

Mona, thanks! These jewels are so small and I couldn't do much on them, but glad that they look like jewels to you. :)
This rock is also very small, so I just used my brush to create many dots instead of masking and spattering.

artbyakiko said...

Edward, thank you so much!!

Linda said...

This is so special. Lindax

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

He is gorgeous Akiko - so realistic and yet so mystical - I love him!!! (As usual, I especially love his eyes!)

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Oh Akiko, your Frog Prince is just adorable! I am so honored that I inspired you to create your version of these amphibian royalty! I also like how your frog's crown is velvety, nice touch.
~Melody

artbyakiko said...

Karen, thank you! I think he has gorgeous eyes. :)

artbyakiko said...

Mel thanks! All of your artworks are adorable and they are my inspiration!

WATERBABY CHRISTINE said...

I just found your blog through a link from Cathy Johnson and can't wait to check all your posts. Wait a great first impression the frog prince makes! He looks straight out of a fairy tale! Christine

Michelle said...

This is so stunning Akiko! So many challenging subjects to paint all in one painting, but you managed to to it all with perfection!

Sheila said...

kawaii!!!! I amazed at the detail on the crown as well as the kaeru!

artbyakiko said...

Christine, thank you so much for your visit. I hope you like what you see here. :)

artbyakiko said...

Hi Sheila! Thanks!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Aiko, I really like the crown you put on this wanna be prince. You did a marvelous job on everything.

artbyakiko said...

Vern thank you for your wonderful comment!!

Art By Erika said...

He is the most authentic looking frog prince Akiko! If I ever see him in person I'd definitely kiss him as he is every bit charming!

Jala Pfaff said...

How totally marvelous. :) And the stone looks just fine to me.

artbyakiko said...

Hi Erika! Thanks! I would kiss him, too. :)

Lara Harris said...

Adorable!Reminds me of the tree frogs I got to see in Australia!:o)

Karen Hargett said...

Akiko - I love the frog prince! I found you thru Vern's blog and what a find! Love your art!

Dean Grey said...

Akiko!

Another amazing painting!

Great lighting, especially the glossiness on the frog's skin.

The rock looks good to me. It's not textured and rough but smooth looking. What look were you going for?

I know I keep saying this, but I don't know how you can work this small and still produce such a tightly rendered painting such as this!

Just great!

-Dean

artbyakiko said...

Jala thank you! Really appreciate your visit.

artbyakiko said...

Lara thanks! The model for this prince is actually an Australian tree frog.

artbyakiko said...

Karen, I'm glad that you found my blog. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

artbyakiko said...

Dean, you are so nice! Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I really appreciate it.

James Parker said...

Breath-taking, awesome...just a couple of superlatives for your little froggie. And the rock. And the crown. You need practice on rocks like I need another inch on my waistline. You are aces!!!

artbyakiko said...

James, thank you for your visit and wonderful comment on my frog prince!

José said...

Hi,

If I smile when I look at a work of art, then it must be good.
Awesome.

Best regards,

José

Gwen Bell said...

Fantastic and so imaginative! Love that crown! Wonder if he's this cute after he's kissed?

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

This is a beautiful frog prince. What young lady would not wish to kiss him.

Tom Pohlman said...

That's a good looking frog Akiko! Congratulations on having your work accepted in the two juried shows- Arts on Fire & BBC (several posts back). I have read several other artists blogs recently in regard to persistence paying off- your work is amazing! Keep doing what you do! ~T

artbyakiko said...

Jose thank you for your wonderful comment!

artbyakiko said...

Gwen thanks! We now need a princess to find out what he would look like after he is kissed. :)

artbyakiko said...

Lisa/Bill Thanks!!!

artbyakiko said...

Hi Tom! Nice to hear from you! Thanks for your visit. Will drop by your blog.

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