Red Toad
Red toads are not always red. They change their colors with the seasons. They are large and impressive creatures and quite common in the Virginia hills. One afternoon I surprised a smallish snake in my driveway who had sunk his (or her) fangs into the haunch of a large red toad. Before I knew what I was doing, (just like D. H. Lawrence!) I was striking the snake with a stick. The small snake released the huge toad, and the toad limped off into the underbrush. What was the snake thinking? He (or she) slithered off in an opposite direction. That’s when I decided to paint this iconic red toad.
Watercolors and metallic acrylics on heavy Arches rag paper 16” x 30”