Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Seeing deeply... a toad's eye view

In conversation the other day a friend said, "You're so lucky, so talented."

It seems she thought art came easily for me.

Hardly! But I've been working for years on seeing deeply, teaching myself to really look, study, observe what's around me. I still have a long way to go, but it's terrific to be on the path and learning.

Which is why I was so excited again last night, when a toad sat patiently modeling for me in the twilight.

Look how his eyes pop up on his head!

See how his back legs fold up...

... and the line of the lips, the angle of the iris of his eyes, the puce-colored line up his back.

Even a common garden toad is absolutely fascinating.

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