For centuries the little dragonfly has been an object of interest to people in many different cultures around the globe. Most anywhere in the world its a symbol of change and self-realization. As it scurries across the top of the water, zigzagging its way along an impossible path, it’s equally fascinating to watch. It reminds us to go beyond just what’s on the surface and look deeper at the world around us, ourselves, and others. Also, in some parts of the world, the dragonfly is considered a good luck charm. So that’s a pretty wonderful thing to consider indeed. And, since we have just one more day left in this month’s adventure, it’s definitely a signal of changes ahead! I hope you’ll join us for the March Watercolor Challenge, a Paint What You Like theme, exploring ideas and concepts that I’m sure will lead to some truly surprising and unique paintings. I’ll be very excited to see what we all come up with!
As for dragonflies, I’ve loved them since I was a kid. Despite the lack of oceans nearby there are plenty of lakes and ponds where these little guys like to hang out. They are mesmerizing to watch as they zip about and then suddenly stop, defying gravity for a moment. I’ve read that their flight is so intriguing to scientists that its still being studied in hopes of making robots that can mimic it. I can’t remember why one would need a robot dragonfly, but that bit didn’t bother me as the thought of one is just too cool, so why not? And I do love the symbolism. The idea of going beyond the surface and zipping around to view things from all angles is a wonderful reminder in life, particularly as an artist. I’m hoping to push myself beyond some of the comfort zones I’ve formed these past couple of years as we transition into next month’s challenge. I’m not entirely sure what that amounts to yet, but I’m perfectly thrilled to find out.
I’ve always moved almost too quickly from one thing to the next. My attention span is roughly on par with that of a three year old child. Once I start doing something my brain shifts and begins to process a million other things that have nothing to do with what I just started doing. My little moments with watercolor have given me a better ability to focus a wee bit longer. But, yes, you’ll find me happily rushing to scan today’s illustration and sometimes not even waiting for it to dry first. I’m like a little kid who just brought home his latest creation for his mom to post on the fridge. Only in this case, the fridge in this blog, and well, my mother doesn’t even own a computer, so I guess the similarities end there. My short attention span is partially due to my insatiable sense of discovery. I love learning new things, not just about the world around me, but about myself. As I’m rushing to creating a little painting each day, I get to suddenly stop here and ponder things for a brief, quiet moment. It’s a rewarding process indeed, and perhaps more than a bit like the flight of a dragonfly.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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