I breath fire, water and stars on rainbows in the moonlight. Who says it can’t be so? I will turn them into air.
Watercolor 18″ x 24″
This is not a perfect painting. By far, it is a lesson in the art of imperfection. The wobbly line, the chaotic scales, the tail that swells and recedes, the messy colors and shadows, and my incredible frustration with everything about it.
(As I painted this the paper popped off its board, rolled up and buckled. I was too in love with the dragon to stop and try again.)
There are so many mistakes hidden in this painting and there are many, many lessons.
It is not a cartoon, not “high art”, not digitally enhanced or animated and very likely not what you think but maybe what you somehow know is true.
It is my son’s wholehearted and exuberant belief that he can have everything including the “impossible” and “magical”.
And like him, we need impractical, imperfect, uncompromising magic. Yes, you do. Because life is only explicable to a point. That blank space, the “I don’t know”, the “science can’t explain”, is where magic thrives, and this dragon lives folding her wings welcoming us to understand this:
We are creatures of magic; the everyday act of living.
As I worked through the frustration of this very not perfect yet uncompromising painting I began to believe this as well:
Perfection is the enemy of magic.
We have had it all wrong.
There is no such thing as “perfection”.
And that is real life magic.
Original Available: $400
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