Poster Image

Frog so Small and Green


Item#: 2014SYR07

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Frog so Small and Green

poster information


Frog so small and green
Peeper sunning on wide leaf—
I watch quietly

Nature always inspires me. I have a few creative interests and have found that photography helps me capture many beautiful moments to express artistically. In this instance, I was walking at Sterling Nature Center on Lake Ontario. I came upon a small garden. There, on a bright green leaf, sat a tiny precious peeper frog.

I took a picture intending to reproduce the moment with a watercolor, but instead wrote my haiku.

Although I'm from Pittsburgh, I have a strong Syracuse connection because my dad went to SU and my parents lived in Syracuse before I was born. I chose this poem because I love drawing animals and because it allowed for a lot of artistic freedom. I biked downtown and took pictures of my favorite places. I ultimately chose Columbus Circle because there are beautiful buildings all around. Every time I took a picture of the statues there was a bird on his head. I thought it was funny, so I kept it in the painting. I liked painting the beautiful cityscape and adding a quirky character. The last thing I did was put the Syracuse hat on the frog. For some reason I draw a lot of animals wearing hats. So I thought the frog needed one too.