Fairy Dragon King

Inks, gesso, collage on w/c paper, 1/21 workshop demo

. . .a fairy dragon king, fueled by wheat grass and caterpillar goo and tales of Arabian nights (by way of Japan)

You just never know who’s going to come flying/riding into your dreams or paintings or workshop demos!  Here he was, staring me in the face after I combed and dripped and brushed some colors on in last weekend’s Inks and Gesso workshop.

The trick is, of course, that once you see something like a dragon with a horse’s body or some other only-in-dream-time charmed creature, you can get very sidetracked trying to make him/her look more identifiable. . . which is what kept happening here for a while, until the collage saved me.

This group of students dove right into their creations, exploring their own images fearlessly!  Three friends drove up from Half Moon Bay and by the end of the day, we were all on friends basis, which is partly why I love to teach these workshops.  All the shared creative energy is pretty exciting.

Gloria in excelsis deo.

My second demo, which started out as a folded over “rohrshach” and became very medieval.  I haven’t written about this one yet.  Maybe I’ll ask the lady a question some time and hear what she has to say.


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