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Let's talk about myth and how it can inspire us


the famous dragon of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mythology. Gods and goddesses, dragons and pheonix, heros and demons. The history of humans is interwined in myth. And luckily for us creative-types, they were and still are the most universal and pervasive subject of all artistic expression. Think of your latest trip. How many times did something mythological show up as a statue or a painting or decorating a building!












I've been a bit partial to creating dragons myself. You may have noticed.

So of course we know that the myth of dragons really symbolizes deep human experiences. Fear of a predator, of course, but also, depending on which culture is inventing the dragon myth, dragons can also represent greed and destructive power, enlightenment and protection, or loyalty and wisdom.

All that is great, but I just like to make them because of all the curvy bits.








Speaking of curvy bits, I did this piece a few years ago for the Creative Neighborhood - some of you will remember Thor's Goat! If you get a chance, google that and read the myth. It's crazy cool! Oh those Norse gods are so wacky.

But I loved the idea that a god would use a goat for transportation and that idea got in my brain and this came out.

I think that is the power of myth. It touches those deep waters. As artists we have a slew of ideas and images and inspirations swirling around in our heads. Sometimes those ideas are deep and hard to get to. Because myth comes from the same place in the human mind, it can spark all kinds of creativity.




Give myths a chance to be a powerful inspiration this month. Dabble in mythological imagery and see what comes of it!


Happy creating!