Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Return of Toby


Here is my most recently completed painting, entitled "Lord of the Frogs."

It is 18" x 24" and was made with acrylic paint and iridescent acrylic silver and gold inks. After a friend complimented another painting featuring Toby, I decided it might be time to create more works with this character. In fact, I have even started developing Toby's story, which might result in future paintings or other projects.

I can't remember why, but I thought a new Toby would be a good opportunity to incorporate a stamp. A friend had given me some frog stamps quite a while ago, and I had never really used them for anything. (The stamp used in this painting was manufactured by Vap! Stamp btw.) The other stamp will get its own time in the sun someday.

The title refers to the way that I consider Toby to be my alter ego. I started including him with my signature (especially on drawings or paintings) since I was 12 or 13 so you might say we've grown up together. He vanished for a few years but now he is back. I have also liked frogs since I was a kid (one of my first nicknames was Ribbit because of a giant stuffed frog I owned and the fact that I often sat in a frog-like pose) and, since this interest has been rekindled in the past few years, I now own more than 30 frog-related items. I assure you that most of them were gifts.

Until next time,


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