I have always been a lover of frogs. I used to catch frogs, toads, newts and anything amphibious when I was a kid. I would catch huge tadpoles as big as my thumb, grow them into bullfrogs and then release them back into the local irrigation ditch where I found them. I was obsessed with them. I will still get childishly giddy if I see or hear a frog, toad or tadpole and I have to fight the urge to catch them. I have since learned to observe their beauty while they are in the freedom of their outdoor homes.
Thinking about what I could offer during these anxious and uncertain times, I thought about drawing any type of mandala and how calming that feels. I picked up my Apple Pencil and my iPad and created this frog mandala inspired by a red-eyed treefrog I saw during my travels to Costa Rica. This type of frog is found mostly in the rain forests of Central America. It is absolutely one of my favorites because of it’s beautiful bright colors. I instantly fell in love. Frogs are believed to have healing energy. Read more about frog symbology here. Here is a link for a free downloadable outline version of the frog mandala. I hope you enjoy coloring it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I plan on doing more of these in the near future based on subjects from nature. Nature is my church. It’s where I’ve always gone to feel better so it’s where I will go now. I will share these nature mandalas with you as I conceive them. Take care, stay healthy and create. It’s some of the best medicine.
Photos by Chris Comer