I have a nephew coming into the world any day now. This is one of three little paintings I did for the little man. Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, here come the frogs.
If you’ve never read it, I suggest you do. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a triumph in American literature. Poetic, raw, historic, rich in imagery, metaphors, and wrapped in revenge, Moby Dick is not for the weekend reader.
It took me over a year to finish it. Not because it was such a complicated book but because it was such a large tome and at some points I just lost interest.
Recently, I have adopted the opening line from that novel and have used it for my moniker. For my avatar I had done a caricature of myself as the observer aboard the Pequod.
For every one knows that this Earthly air, whether ashore or afloat, is terribly infected with the nameless miseries of the numberless mortals who have died exhaling it…
Here is an early opener of my new creation, Dante, the smoke breathing dragon. My thought is he is just on the verge of entering adolescence, immature and childish but impatient with not knowing where he fits in his development but eager to become an adult. He doesn’t feel like a child and he doesn’t feel like like an adult and this can be isolating for him.
I expect Dante to make some minor physical changes as I learn more about building these things so don’t get too used to him. Lillian seems to love him though and that to me is a sure sign of success.