Sunday, 13 March 2016

Spirit Animals - the Frog


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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!


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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. 

21 comments:

  1. Just amazing !!! Beautiful colours and the teeny planets are a fabulous idea. GORGEOUS in every aspect Nicola :-D

    Hugz
    IKE xx

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  2. The details and layers are amazing Nic! So glad to be seeing your animal spirit series:) Welcome back and glad to know you enjoyed a nice time in Ireland.

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  3. This is fabulous Nic! Such a fascinating series :0)

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  4. Very nice!! I love all the little details you add....wow!

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  5. Love your wonderful frog, looks like he is bedded on gemstones. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  6. Glad your trip back was fabulous... and love the frog... we get sweet tree frogs sometimes, but more often than not we are fighting the toads... bloody things move it and the frogs move out... I am counting down to the end of summer when they all disappear and I don't have to worry about Barry licking them... a tripping cat is no fun... autumn has to set in soon I hope... Looking forward to the next spirit animal... it is a cool series!!!

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  7. This is such an amazing little froggy ! I love the details and the bright colours!! Actually your series is quite intriguing ...waiting for the next one!!

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  8. Your painting is so lively, and I do understand it took you awhile to make it. So filled with details and lots of colors used. Looking forward to your next.

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  9. LOVE this piece! Your animal spirit pieces are wonderful. All the ones you've shown us! Happy PPF!

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  10. Your "rain maker" painting is wonderful. How much fine detail there are. Lovely piece.
    Happy PPF 💙

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  11. I love the colors and attention to detail in this miniature master piece. I also enjoyed reading about the frog's symbolism, which I had no idea about. Blessings!

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  12. This is a gorgeous inspired piece!

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  13. I wish real frogs had this much gorgeous color to them. Beautiful work.

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  14. I loved frogs as a kid. This series and all the info is really interesting!! Great job he is very handsome in all his vibrant beauty!! Wonderful texture and dimension!! Good to hear you had a nice time away!! Hmmm not sure why I keep referring to it as male!!

    Hug Giggles

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  15. Love your frog. Beautiful work. Very interesting info on them as well. Have a wonderful day/evening. Take care.

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  16. Wow I love that frog. Such great stuff. Happy PPF! xo

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  17. Hi Nic,
    Welcome back from Ireland. Everyone keeps telling me I have to go and so I hope someday I will.

    I love your frog and the whole series. Your work is always so full of color and detail and this one inspires me to move forward both with my work and my life. Thank you for the inspiration I needed today.

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  18. Really lovely! Love your frog! Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  19. I thought I left a comment on this post but maybe I didn't. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this frog. You never stop amazing me with your talent.

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  20. Your grog is gorgeous! I always like seeing frogs - and taking photos of them - they just make me happy. I'm glad you had a lovely time in Ireland. A bit of 'proper' shopping once in a while is always a nice way to spend an afternoon :)

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