Ice Dragon

Story of the ImageWinter is a wonderful time to discover the extraordinary in the mundane—like this “ice dragon” embedded in a frozen patch of Sweet Autumn Clematis vines. To heighten the surreal feel, I created the dragon’s “lair” by superimposing a spider’s web laced with rain drops. A friendly beast, the dragon reminds us to look closely at the magic that surrounds us every day.

This “view portal” that frames the image is a photograph of the ornate rim from the headlight of 1963 Chrysler Turbine automobile. I digitally removed the glass and use the rim to frame still life compositions and landscape scenes. The projections resemble the tick marks on an analog clock or meter and provide graphic tension with whatever subject I’m spotlighting in the headlamp.

Printed on specially-coated aluminum, ready to hang. No frame required.