This energetic, lively and colourful piece of modern art encompasses a rich sense of celebration and an intense degree of figuration – so much so it made me feel like I was watching a traditional oriental Dragon Dance (which originated during the Han Dynasty and was started by the Chinese who had shown great belief and respect towards the dragon).
The tremendous sense of movement in this piece is further accentuated by a clever use and placement of colours. In paintings like this it is easy to get carried away without thought for what it will look like when it’s finished.
Fortunately I was mindful of how carefree I was applying the paint so I was just about able to curtail my fun before I ruined it.
On a technical note I intended to split the painting into two yet keep both parts together with the use of the yellow application in the centre. This has allowed the arcing blue and white to become part of the darker application opposite, effectively attaching the two sides together.
The deliberate heaviness of the stroke work and colour blending is softened somewhat by the use of some very loose dripping in orange and yellow which also help to tone down the multitude of greens that form the background layers (best illustrated in picture number 2 on the top row).