One of my favorite fables is the one of the Scorpion and the Frog. It basically says some will be true to their nature no matter how they are treated or what the consequences are. Variations of the story swap a youth, man, kangaroo or turtle in place of the frog, and/or a snake in the place of the scorpion. The tale? A scorpion and a frog are at the shores of a river, when the scorpion asks the frog to ferry him across the water. The frog is afraid the scorpion will sting him, but the scorpion assures him that he will not and they begin the journey across river. In the middle of the river the scorpion stings the frog, and as the frog founders in the water he asks the scorpion, “Why? Now we will both drown.” and the scorpion simply replies, “I am a scorpion.”
So the story came up in conversation several times in one day and being true to my nature as an artist I got a couple of ideas. Aimee Davison, @onehundredjobs on twitter, asked, “Why don’t you paint it?” and so I did.
The first version, The Scorpion & The Frog, is rather literal.
There is a golden spiral in the background, which coincides with the tip of the scorpion’s curl stinger.
One of my online art buddies, Dave Conrey, told me on Facebook that he has a tattoo of a scorpion on his back referencing this fable. As for me I think doing a painting or two is enough.
The second version, Scorpions & Frogs, is a little more abstract.
The pattern is a Penrose Sun, it is a tiling based on 2 tiles, in this case a scorpion tile & a frog tile. I have left two tiles blank. One is presumably from the escaped scorpion in the image and it is up to the viewer to wonder where the frog got off to.
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Yours in Art
Jake, Artist, AKAJake.com Come Experience the Art!
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