|Frog spirit animal - 18cm x 26cm acrylic on watercolour paper|
Well, it's been a week or two since I last blogged. I spent a lovely week back in Ireland catching up with some of my old friends and my family. It's always nice to go home and see folk and getting a chance to wander round actual shops is pretty good too (there really aren't any decent high street stores where I live!)
Anyway, this is the third in my Spirit Animal series. I've been letting the animals decide what order they get painted in by simply paying attention to 'signs' whether that's an animal popping into my head during a meditation (which the frog did) or by seeing the animals everywhere either in real life or on TV or online. The next one I'm going to paint after this I've been seeing all over the place recently both in real life and online so I guess it's demanding that I take notice of its presence!
|I used acrylic fine art spray paint and these |
Derwent Graphik liner acrylic paint pens
In Native American tradition the frog is often seen as a 'rain maker' perhaps because they are generally associated with the water element and, much like you would often see them when the earth has been cleansed by heavy rains, so they represent purification and cleansing - getting rid of old ways or patterns that no longer serve you or even just clearing old opinions or beliefs and gaining a fresh perspective on things, for example.
I wanted to keep the cosmic theme and so I wondered what if, instead of tadpoles, some of the frog spawn contained tiny planets instead!
As frogs are also a symbol of fertility (or abundance) and rebirth or transformation so the reference photo I used (from my favourite photo reference site Paint My Photo) taken by Pixelbloke, seemed perfect with the huge abundance of frog spawn representing the cycle of life.
This took me longer than I'd anticipated - there was a lot of frog spawn!
I'm starting a much larger painting next before I do another spirit animal painting and I'm really looking forward to doing this one which is going to be another combination of animal art, night skies and surrealism but on a much bigger scale!
Thanks, as always, for popping by and I'll look forward to a good old arty catch up at Paint Party Friday later in the week.