DescriptionDragon - At Night Drawn by hand - in India ink on DArches watercolor paper (a lot of ink it was a large drawing).
My sea monsters create themselves - when I set my mind free to play. I was surprised when the moon and the depth of the shadows pulled the waves into an almost stylized botanical motif and a nigh scene. It started as a day scene with a sun, obviously it evolved on its own - as my mythical creatures do.. I cannot explain where these things come from - when they simply emerges from the depth of my subconscious.
I do find it funny that something in my mind likes an extravagant baroque style. And, for unknown reasons these drawings - with the subconscious influence become favorites.
I have an eastern view of dragons, even though this sea monster looks a bit aggressive. In the west, they are seen as evil, represent chaos or are the devil incarnate.
In the east - as with most things, the view is 180 degrees the other way. Dragons are who you want around when times are tough, a benevolent and fierce protector who rules the elemental forces of the world. They bring the gift of rain and fertility of the earth, spiritual knowledge, happiness and even immortality. The Chinese dragon processions with the paper dragons and fierce masks celebrate the germinating blessing of the spring rains.
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Savanna Redman, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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