A glittering deep forest green and amethyst dragonfly hovers between exotic flowers of green gold and copper. The elongated composition with two flowers gives a sense of meditative peace and balance. This simple painting was inspired by asian style art, as part of my interest in learning more about sumi-e, and applying the techniques and brushwork to watercolor paintings. I do also take great joy in watching dragonflies hover, swoop and hunt. In Japan, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku.
This is not, of course, a traditional sumi-e, or ink wash painting, as I have used watercolor paints and paper, as opposed to ink and rice paper. Truly, it is more inspired by such works.
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