"Fire and Water"
William O'Connor

24"x36" Oil on Masonite
© 2004
2004 New York Science Fiction Award: Judges Choice
2004 Spectrum 11: Year's Best Science Fiction
2004 Gen Con Game Fair. Third Place

20"x30" Canvas Giclee print: $250
11"x17" print on paper: $25

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"The story of The Hobbit was the inspiration for this painting, specifically the chapter by the same name. Bard, the captain of the gaurd of Laketown aims his last, magical black arrow at the rampaging dragon, Smaug. The Lonely Mountain looms in the background, and the door in the cliff wall can even be seen on close inspection. The wood thrush with the secret of Smaug's weakness watches on as the last arrow is about to be loosed.
The composition of this image was greatly influenced by the designs of Japanese woodblock prints. The limited pallette infuses the painting with a sense of age and timelessness. Although quite simple in its design, an attention to detail invites the viewer to linger over the elements of the painting."

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