Matrix for the Birth of Dragons

Click to view four of the paintings in the exhibition.

Exhibition of Paintings at Pangea
272 East Main, Ashland, OR
August 21 through October 2, 2007

Are dragons like terrorists to be feared or like friendly challengers to be listened to? In the West we have tended to kill dragons. St. George is a hero, having stabbed a ferocious beast with his spear. St. Patrick chased the serpent energy from Ireland. When the saints are coming in, I guess, the dragons are slain.

In the East, dragons are symbols of vitality and creation. Not ill-intentioned: simply fierce, a challenge to do our best work.

If we imagine the “plenum void” of mystics, the energy from which all things can emerge, we are close to a matrix for the birth of dragons. They take form in a swirl, coalesce into writhing, powerful shapes,

come into the world with the message, “it can be done.”

In early stages, the shapes represent energy, not physical forms. Part of my own challenge is painting hints of things that can’t ordinarily be seen.

Dragons can be great friends, bringing the fiery truth. One choice is to welcome them when they come flying by. They say dragons usually appear as an energy like a breeze or like bees around lavender, then in pale form, then in full regalia. But unless the energy is acknowledged, the breeze simply passes by.

When we welcome the writhing energy, we are jolted out of routine. That’s the reward, the gold.

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