Lingering Drop of Sun, 18X24 Encaustic by Jude Lobe
In my INTERSECTIONS Series, my new works are created using Cold Wax & Oil or Encaustics. Intersections are junctions or where things come together. In life we come upon intersections, crossroads and forks in the road that change our course. Sometimes great success or happiness comes from intersecting our passion with our talents to work in harmony with the universe. In my life it is the intersection of the emotion I feel about the natural environment and how I can explain and explore it in art.
The above 18X24 on cradled board was inspired by this excerpt from Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
IMAGE: Lingering Drop of Sun, Encaustic, 18X24X1.5, $775.
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In many cultures, frogs are a symbol of good luck and abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time. In Rome, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to the home. In Ireland, the frog is considered a relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected. In Australia, the Aborigines believed that frogs brought the thunder and rain, to help the plants grow. It’s easy to understand that idea as in actuality, frogs usually bury beneath the earth and come out in large numbers when it rains to quickly lay their eggs.
In that same vein, the Celts believed the frog represented curative or healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains.
The three-legged toad from China is the traditional pet of the immortal Liu Hai, who is the Chinese god of wealth. In Japan, sea-farers wore frog amulets when traveling across the river for a safe return. The word for frog in Japanese is ‘kaeru’ meaning ‘return’.
The frogs in our pond inspired the artwork above that I did with cold wax & oil. The symbolism of the frogs could mean all of the above, but I hope from hanging it on a wall it would remind one to swim through rough times and life transitions. Like the egg that grows into a tadpole and eventually a frog, we all go through transitions that change us and make us stronger.