The third of my 'Flying' series of paintings: Hermes catching a ride on a Zephyr. This painting emerged from a line in my novel The Hunter of the Dead, in which I mention Hermes catching the dragon tail of a Zephyr and hitching a ride.
Great painting, as usual! It seems esoteric that Hermes has an Asian dragon as zephyr... I would probably paint it the other way around myself, or as some other sort of air spirit that I cannot remember right now.
As to the Asian influence, it was just kind the result of letting the brush and the paint determine the shape as I went along. I wanted the Zephyr to seem both fluid like air and water, but also animal in personality. Plus, I and my mother were born in the year of the dragon, so I have a kind of soft spot for the critters.
I'm mulling over whether to add on winged sandals or not. Right now, I'm just letting the painting rest and am looking at it frequently to make certain that something significant doesn't pop out at me.