Each week I attend a childrens' writers' critique group. One of the members, Eloise Freeman, writes amazingly funny and clever stories for early readers.
In one, the protagonist is a frog (Frogsley) whose life becomes complicated when he believes that scary Count Dracula is trying to contact him.
Having illustrated and painted - dogs, cats, emus, rabbits, goats, pigs, ostriches, elephant seals, fish, chickens, roosters, cows, horses, herons, egrets, mice, moose...you can imagine my dismay when at a fund-raising event last summer, someone stopped by my booth and asked, "Do you have any images of frogs?"
I didn't. Inspiration wasn't hard to find, nor was a name.
"Frogsley" will be at the Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura for another month. Thanks to all who voted for him as the "People's Choice."
Thanks also to Eloise for introducing me to the amazing world of adorable amphibians.