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.
This is really beautiful. I love the flowing lines of the dragon's hair and Hermes' clothes....
wow, so cool !
I don't think the wings on his ankles detract a bit... I think it actually works to pull his top and bottom half together, to be honest!
I forgot what the year of the dragon is, but half the time I love dragons, and half the time I am deathly afraid of them... all depending on thousands of details of the individual dragon.
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.
There's the wingfoot. Speaking of which, did you have plans to give him wingy ankles, or are you leaving them bare? I realllly love his face. A lot. A LOT.
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.
They wouldn't even have to be sandals, if you wanted to keep the flow of his legs uniform. I actually like him when he's just got wingy ankles, at times. It's a pretty piece, though. ^_^
My main concern is that I don't want anything visual to pull from the center of the painting: Hermes' serious expression.
Which is an understandable concern.
(It amuses me to think of Hermes in a serious manner, when he's not in his psychopomp role. Or is he here, somehow, and I'm not aware of it?)