Frog Two / S. Shawcross / 8 x 10 / Oil on Canvas /
This frog is one of three I've painted. They made me happy when sometimes I was painting a dark November storm or a lonely northern landscape. Frogs, like birds and butterflies are amazingly beautiful creatures decked out all over the world in magnificent colours. This past summer I was able to see the live frog exhibit at the Museum of Nature here in Ottawa. A small adventure that filled my spirit oddly with amazement and light. The weird little wax money frog sitting stolidly under a leaf, the brilliant red and blues of the poison dart frogs, and of course these frogs I've painted. Pure wonderment. I may have to paint some more.