Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Up On the Catwalk (Panther Chameleon)

painting of rainbow chameleon
Gwenn Seemel
Up On the Catwalk (Panther Chameleon)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

For this lizard as well as for this one, the dotting part of my style allowed me to build up a texture that was very scale-like, something which I took up again in 2016 with this fishy painting. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

Boys can be a lot more colorful than girls.

Chameleons do not and cannot change color to match any hue in their environment. Instead, their shifts in color occur subconsciously, based on temperature, light, and mood, and they occur only within the natural color range of the particular kind of chameleon. Among panther chameleons, the females tend toward earth tones, while males exhibit a variety of jewel tones.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
detail image