"As the Dragon
Images of energy and a few other items. Where
some of them came from I'm not exactly sure.
They just seemed to show up in the doodling. As I was just beginning to apply the initial
wash of umber, my son came into the
studio and asked, "Hey Dad why don't you paint
some lava just coming right out of the ground".
It must of stuck in my head along with related
would have to say that I was primarily concerned with heat and energy. The small
sphere is releasing energy through the cracks in its surface. The heat
from the overall scene is transmuting the water into steam or clouds but as it
is being transformed it also takes on the shape of flames. There is another
butterfly (with the same coloring as the dragon) above the orange butterflies
with the shape of a caterpillar for the body which symbolizes another energy
release as a butterfly emerges from a cocoon. In retrospect I guess I should of
made that transition more evident. The section above the cracking sphere is
supposed to resemble a quasar or quasi-stellar energy, using pictures from the
Hubble space telescope as references. But I never like to copy references
exactly as that kind of ruins the feeling of self expression one is supposed to
get from painting. I am not to sure where the purple spheres came from unless I
was thinking of another painting I did that also uses heat as a theme of sorts
and that would be "The Next 4 Billion Years". The pyramid is just a
geometrical shape I find myself doing from time to time. I had originally titled this piece
"The Release of Energy".
There is a possibility
that this piece could be considered surrealism but I feel that the
multitude of outlandish imagery brings it into the realm of fantastic art.
- 24" x 36"
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