Dragons sighted near I-5 in California by megaflow

Dragons sighted near I-5 in California

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Added: Jul 27, 2002
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I did this one for my wife to put on the wall in her office - oil on illustration board.

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megaflow's picture

Thanks very much, Laura! Laughing out loud

prismstudios's picture

OMG... I happen to love the theme of reality with fantasy elements blended in..This one is wonderful.Call the Cryptozoologists! L.

megaflow's picture

thanks! I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Smile

Guest's picture

Excellent work Patrick, right down to the translucent wings. Love it!

megaflow's picture

Thanks for the nice comments - I'm glad you got such a good feeling of spontaneity from it!

Guest's picture

I've never seen fantasy presented this way -- I love the whole story implied here by the almost "accidental" way the dragons appear in the background. Like you were doing this landscape when the dragons flew over and you had to "paint what you saw." Very nice landscape, by the way.

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Yoseph. If you ever make it to California, you can see lots of scenes like this - most of the several hundred miles between the San Franciso area and Los Angeles look like this from the main freeway. And there are many little shacks and windmills like this all over the state, too! I guess what I was trying for was the difference between the timeless beauty of the mountains and sky, and the broken, useless man-made stuff. The shack will crumble away long before the mountains, and nothing will be left to show that it was ever there. In this half-decayed state, it illustrates how brief everything is that we humans create. Or something. Wink

dareevan's picture

I like how you color the rock and mountain. You make it beautifull. But idon't like the house. Doesn't look natural compare to the rest. The windmill is tough!! i like it.

megaflow's picture

I'm glad you think it works -- I tried to make them look very casual; "yeah, we're just flying around, nothing to see here" sort of thing. I even gave them little voices that I talked in as I was painting them... is that creative and cool, or just weird? Wink

blueunicorn's picture

I've always liked the blending of real and fantasy. This one has us thinking that dragons in the sky are a common and natural thing.

megaflow's picture

Thanks!! I always cringe a bit looking at any piece after I finish it... but I'm feeling better about this one as time goes by. Glad you like it!

thrax-1's picture

id be proud of this piece :)lovely mountain ranges shows a good sense of distance Laughing out loud

megaflow's picture

Thanks for being so enthusiastic! Stop by anytime Smile

isenho's picture

this concept is really good, beautiful landscape. the dragons looks great. i love your gallery by the way! woo!

megaflow's picture

Yo, mad thanks, "C".

cos's picture

kapow

cos's picture

Hell, yeah. You da bomb.

megaflow's picture

Well, thanks Kay! Very glad to get your nice comments. I am especially glad you like the landscape work (which I'm always insecure about)... Also happy you got the "double-take" effect. Big smiles to you!

Guest's picture

Oh wow Patrick I missed this one when you put it up. Fantastic. This is a a perfect landscape. You did wonderful on the depth. Your placement of the dragons is wonderful. One thinks they are looking at a usual well done oil landscape... and then you do a double take. This must be so outstanding on your wifes office wall. I can imagine the comments...Smile

megaflow's picture

Thank you, Chris. I often have trouble with depth in my paintings, at least until midway through the process. It's something I struggle to work on, so it's nice to hear it succeded!

Guest's picture

Beautiful landscape, nice sense of depth. Wink

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Anneke! I do need to send something new in to the artduel site soon. This one..? I'll think...

abroenink's picture

I love the light and atmosphere in this painting. Must look wonderful on an office wall! You get the spirit of the beautiful nature inside. An other winner Patrick! Care for an artduel? Smile

megaflow's picture

Thanks so much! You're entirely right -- I think that is probably what this painting represents, at its core: look for the unseen beauty.

Guest's picture

Lovely work! It would great to be able to see this in your office and remember that there's more to life than meets the eye Smile. I like the soft tones, and your attention to detail like the grass around the base of the windmill.

megaflow's picture

That sure seemed like the most "magical" color, against this background, at least. Glad you thought it looked fun (those were _good_ giggles, I hope!)

Guest's picture

.......magenta dragons...hee hee.... ^O^!

megaflow's picture

Many thanks, Stan! This was my first time doing a very "plain" scene like this, so it was fun making otherwise ordinary subjects look visually interesting.

swisnie's picture

Patrick, great painting. I especially like the detail of the dirt along with the blur of the mountains. Nice feeling of depth.

megaflow's picture

Thanks for the kind words! -- It's always going to warp a bit, so if you like your picture and want to keep it for posterity you should get it framed to keep it flat. But, to minimize the warping, the thing is to prime BOTH sides, two or three coats each!

Art at its best.