I was trying to figure out what my next exercise would be, and in doing so came across a fairy tale by Andrew Long, a Scottish writer. His tale, The Flower Queen’s Daughter, caught my attention for the idea that the queen’s daughter was being guarded by a dragon. I thought it would be interesting to work through light and shadow using this image. So…
I used the dragon as a place to play with blue-tinged shadows. I found the result on the head to be particularly fun. I used a good bit (or…well…a TON…) of blooming in the watercolor work on this piece. Check out the bottom of the dragon:
I am enjoying doing these most recent works I’ve posted with watercolor pencil and pen/ink. I just love the unruly nature of the watercolor. And with this work, the subtlety of the light/shadow on the dragon.
This color study I did of a dying flower arrangement a week after I gave it to my partner came of the arrangements position in our dining room, catching evening light as it too was dying. The whole scene took me to Dylan Thomas’s poem: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/do-not-go-gentle-good-night