Monday, August 22, 2011


Drako 2011
20x24 inches, Acrylic on canvas
Drako - dragons - can you see them? How many can you find, floating on the red night sky?

I've long had a fascination with dragons. their mythology, their presence in almost every culture throughout history. In some cultures they are evil malevolent creatures which must be appeased with virgin sacrifice. In others they are bringers of good fortune, protectors of forests, noble beasts, heraldic symbols and astrological ideals (I'm a Leo in western astrology, and was born in the year of the dragon in eastern astrology). And in today's world they are also characters in role-playing games and pewter collectibles.

I choose to see them as bringers of good fortune, with characters of utmost courage and wisdom. 

As for looks - the uglier, the better!  Bring on the scales, the whiskers, the warts, the battle scars, the holes in their wings, the broken claws. 

My dragons can talk, play chess, hold forth on philosophical minutiae, and speak several languages with ease.  They're vain, easily bored, have a major case of ADD, and love to adorn themselves with bright shiny things. 

They're very crafty - you can't see them if you're looking for them. But once you find them you can't miss them.

Lovely creatures.


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