"Pretty" Poison?


This little guy, a poison dart frog, is a submission for James Parkers’ Windows to the Words Art challenge for July. It’s “Dogs and Frogs” this month. I, for one, am thrilled! I love single subject pieces that I can really focus on. I got so excited when I saw the month’s challenge posted, I grabbed my brush and did a quick sketch. My son saw it sitting there on my easel and claimed it before I had even started painting. Made my day. Now those of you who follow my blog know by now that I have to add in a little devotional thought to go with this guy. So, here it is… the struggle in life is to let ourselves be attracted to true beauty, not just the shiny package…. or in this case, the bold bright colors. I, for one, am a sucker for color. I guess the lesson is that sometimes it’s best to “look but don’t touch.”
🙂 God’s blessings!

10 x 10

13 thoughts on “"Pretty" Poison?

  1. This little frog literally hops of the page. You did a great job with the shadows and highlights— it looks so 3-D!! I know your son is super excited to have it hanging in his room. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I am so anxious and scared at the same time to paint something from the trip. I am in total awe of God's Creation—always was, but the beauty of Yellowstone was beyond words. Blessings!!

  2. Jenny

    My daughter is arguing with me about this being a painting or a picture. She thinks you took a picture, it looks so real! I want it in my room too!

  3. Carol,
    I am so happy you like it! I hope it's an indication of some improvement of my skills. I'm tryin'!!! 🙂 I sure had a blast painting it. I get so crazy about God's little creatures when I paint them. I marvel at the detail, the shape, the color. Wow. I know what you mean about being anxious and scared at the same time. There are so many things I'm still working up the nerve to attempt. Thanks so much for your feedback. It means so much! God bless!

    What a cool thing coming from Miss Sam! I shall take that as a HUGE compliment. And…I'll show her the painting in a couple of weeks when I see her. Tell her she made my day! So glad you liked it!

  4. Kay

    I LOVE IT!!!! You are so awesome!!!! I want to come over and see all your art work!! I'll bring the wine! Oh, and the chocolates! Kay

  5. Super, Julie!!! The JPeg went on perfectly, so your little Dendrobates Pumilis is munching away happily on Windows to the Words Art. Excellent job on this little fellow…the creek by my place when I lived in Costa Rica was full of em along the banks in the leaves. About the size of a pencil eraser, the blue jean frog is toxic, but not as potent as his cousins, the Philobates. Thanks for participating.

  6. Kay,
    You are biased, my friend. 😉 Ha. Thanks. I'm so happy you like them. Sounds great! Tell me when and I'll get cheese and crackers to go with it!

    Thank you so much for your kind words. You know what a gift positive feedback is!! And, thanks for the information. I love to learn new things – especially when it has to do with God's little creatures – so awesome, so fascinating! You should check out this great website that sells videos about God's creatures. The videos are called “Amazing Creatures That Defy Evolution.” The site is http://www.explorationfilms.com. God's blessings and thank you again!

  7. Nancy!
    Thanks so much for “hoppin' on over!” Sorry, couldn't resist a bad joke. I'm so happy you enjoyed the painting and appreciate so much your kind comments. Thanks for following. I pray it'll be a blessing!

  8. Just browsed through your work! So fun to look at. You have quite the talent. I have gotten back into my art as well, after a very long hiatus. I forgot what a great feeling it is to create in that way. How often do you paint?

    • Thank you so much! I have not put paint to canvas in many months. It’s really quite pitiful. Teaching keeps me very busy, as you know. Plus, I’m sort of ADD when it comes to my interests. Certain times during the year I need crochet to calm my mind and ease the stress. I make gifts for family and friends. I find I have to be pretty stress free to paint because I have to pay so much attention to what I do. I do not find it relaxing at all but very satisfying when I’m finished. Thanks for the push! I think I hear my brushes calling. 🙂

      • I get that! My biggest push to get me back into it is that I wrote a children’s book that I wanted to illustrate myself. But it’s been kind of scary thinking about putting my art out into the world like that…so I’ve been neurotic about ever line and stroke. So relaxing…no. And when I get into it, it kind of takes over…like I’m useless to do anything else that day. Dinner? What? You want me to make dinner? How about cereal?

      • I am crackin up! The dinner thing! Yes! I know! It’s like “Dont’ you get how totally exhausted I am right now?” I am so excited about the childrens book thing for you! I have been terrified and yet secretly dying to do one. It’s as if I get all afraid about doing one part or aspect of it and I completely cave and crumble into a shriveled mess of “ummm…but what if I can’t do it?”My resolution is to quit stalling and making excuses for stuff and start doing. Here’s to you for going for it! Be brave! You can do it! 🙂

      • Thanks! Same goes for you. And trust me…I know that feeling. I’ve been “working” on this book for YEARS! It’s only 32 pages. But it is easy to feel defeated before you begin. Even though I have finallly committed to getting it finished, I still have moments of wondering how it’s going to work. Risk is hard.

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