Saturday, September 26, 2009
Whimsical Art? Me?
Since I am a self-taught artist, I was a little self-conscious about being taken seriously as a professional artist. I had to sell work to survive. At that time all I ever saw in art shows, galleries and in home design was what I call "grow'd up" art. That is art portraying landscapes, still-lifes, florals and abstracts. I did paint all of those things for years and sold them. But, one day I started doodling on a scrap of watercolor paper and a Fat Frog emerged dressed as a jester. He made me smile so I decided to paint him. When he was finished he made me smile even more, so I decided to have him framed. I thought I'd like to keep him around so we could smile at each other. The minute I walked into the frame shop with him, my plans changed. Everyone there wanted him! It seems he made other people smile, too. Fat Frog was certainly unlike any "grow'd up" art I had ever seen, but for about 16 months it was all I could do to keep up with the demand for different versions of Fat Frog! Eventually I increased my Frog portfolio to include Dancing Frog, Lying Toad and more. One collector bought 20 different Frogs to decorate her bathroom. Another bought 14 Frogs to create a theme for her son's room.Luckily I found out about the Giclee printing process and a great company to transfer my original images into print. Shown above you will find the three versions of FatFrog we have currently in print.