I never know where a painting idea will come from. Any artist will tell you that they get inspiration from life experiences. I guess that I’m no exception. It can take years for an idea to come to fruition as it percolates in the back of my mind. Then finally, I will decide that the time has come to pull the idea out from my imagination and recreate it with paint.
Several years ago my husband and I were taking a leisurely walk around a small lake in a nearby park. I’ve always admired an abstract sculpture that sits beside the lake. The artist created this sculpture by welding scrap metal pieces together to form a kind of serpent-like creature. Over the years rust has given the sculpture a wonderful patina. We strolled past the serpent on that day as we have many times. Suddenly out of nowhere a Belted Kingfisher flew up and perched right up on the top of the serpent’s head, using it as a vantage point over the water. I didn’t have my camera with me that day, but that image has stayed etched in my mind ever since.
I decided to redesign the serpent to be as it would if I had sculpted it myself, using the idea of old rusty metal. I wanted it to be more dragon-like to give traction to my idea. It was fun to come up with a three dimensional sculpture idea based loosely on one that I had already seen. The result is my painting “The King’s Dragon”.
“The King’s Dragon”
Male Belted Kingfisher, (detail)