A glittering cool-toned, blue dragonfly rests lightly on reeds. 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.
The original is painted on a watercolor greeting card suitable either to be framed or given as a gift. It is painted on high quality watercolor paper, and the inside is blank, waiting for your inspiration, to include a message or perhaps even a 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.
The goal of ink and wash painting is not simply to reproduce the appearance of...