DRAGONS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SPRING 2018
Dragons are mythical creatures found in many cultures around the world. For some they strike fear into the hearts of the people who come in contact with them but for others they are a sign of prosperity and wealth to come. I prefer the latter version. Dragons in Japan are also associated with water and the rain so that works well for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, who are water-rich. This design started out as part of a collaboration with a sculptor friend that didn’t work out. This just couldn’t be adapted to form the metal outer covering of the sculpture. So I decided to use the design for a painting. When I saw the sculpture I immediately thought of dragons, in particular, the dragon prowl of a Viking longship. That got me to also think about one of my favorite painted screens by Tawaraya Sotatsu appropriately entitled Dragons and Clouds. The water design was inspired by Rinpa School painting and the golden clouds from Japanese textiles. I made the frame for this painting out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 17 ½ inches WIDTH: 13 ¾ inches