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painting of a panther chameleon, peinture d'un un cameleon panthere

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. To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

...and sometimes a lot more.

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.