Monday, April 21, 2008


Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places.....

Take last week, for example. Dave, the guy who cleans our backyard pond (shown here) and his assistant Carlos, were commenting last week that our frog was just about the biggest they'd ever seen.

"Really?" I said.

"Let me show you!" said Dave, whereupon I took two steps back (brave Halloween artist that I am) as he reached into a large bucket (the frog's temporary home while the pond was being powerwashed) and pulled out the biggest amphibian I've ever seen up close and personal. He was HUGE. He was spotted. And he was well over a foot long.

"Want to kiss him?" asked Dave.

"No, but thanks for asking", I replied.

"Are you SURE?" inquired Carlos. "He may turn into a handsome prince".....

At which point John emerged from the house to check out the frog - perfect timing to explain that I'd already found my handsome prince. :)

Fast forward to a couple of days later when I awakened at 4AM, from a dream I was sculpting a Frog Prince. And the only thing to do when that happens is to get up and start sculpting.

Which is what I did, and here's the result - sitting atop a treasure box depicting scenes from the fairy tale "The Frog Prince" (the modern version where the princess kisses him, not the Grimms where she throws him against a wall). I think mine is cuter than the big guy in the pond. :)

TONS of fun, lots of crystals and sparkly "Neptune" colored glitter.

I love this job. :)


Leah Stone Art said...

Cute story and cute frog!
Beautiful Box! I like the way you paint your dragonflies, they are so graceful.


Emily said...

Great story! I wish I could have seen the real frog too. lol! Beautiful work, Carolee! :)

Melissa Valeriote said...

I'd kiss that frog... the sculpted one. Enchanting Carolee.

vintagepaletteart said...

WOW!!!!!!!! I want to come sit beside your gorgeous pond Carolee! How lucky are you to have that to look at and lucky to have your prince charming too! ;0)


Designs by CK said...

CUTE!!! :)


thegothamcloset said...

Hello, Carolee

Cute frog! You have a lovely pond. Lucky frog.


Carolee said...

Thanks so much, all. We do enjoy the pond - although it will look much prettier once we get all the pond plants in there. At night we turn on tiny fairy lights, which are woven into the ivy. :)

~ Carolee

Designs by CK said...

PS: Happy Earth Day Carolee!

PPS: Your pond is lovely...I would have loved a pic of the BIG frog.

CK :)

Diane MacNaughtan said...

Carolee, A wonderful story! I love your pond. What a Magikal and Romantic place to be. I'm afraid I would never leave that beautiful space. Of course, I would have to have the Frog Prince box with me filled with secret treasures!
Thanks for sharing and Happy Earth Day!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Wow! What a really, really wonderful piece.


Diane MacNaughtan said...

Carolee~ I love to visit your blog, You always Inspire me with your words and Magikal art! I have left something for you on my blog :)

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Carolee, What a wonderful story, I love your pond. So beautiful and
Sir John is your Prince Charming.

Your treasure box turned out great. Even better I love the way the creation came about.

Johanna Parker said...

What a fun story Carolee!.... It's always interesting to know where each artist finds his or her inspiration...
(and what a fun and clever piece!)

Also.... I just LOVE your latest Halloween eBay piece.. the shelf in orange and black! It's fabulous!

~ Johanna