A Celtic-inspired artwork depicting a dragon and a lion wrestling in a tangled knot

In some mythologies, the lion represents physical strength or the physical body, while the serpent or dragon represents wisdom or the intellect. So this artwork personifies the struggles of the physical vs. the intellectual (or heart vs. mind) that we sometimes go through….

Created with oil pastels,colored pencils, art pens and paint pens on textured orange watercolor paper.

View more of my artwork online at www.lynnetteshelley.com

Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.


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  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    just LOVE this one! Welcome aboard!

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 5 years ago

    Thank you Patricia. This is one of my faves too, although the colors did not come out quite the way they should be in this photo I took of the artwork. Still working on my photography skills ;) I plan on making a second one of these, as a companion piece, at some point.

  • macquaid
    macquaidover 5 years ago

    Lovely work .Have you ever seen The Book of Kells,this reminds me of that book.Regards.

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 5 years ago

    HI Macquaid. yes I am very familiar with the Book Of Kells, I have a repro of some of it at home. Actually, I would credit the Book of Kells with starting me down this particular artistic path when I was 17 or 18.

  • Kseniya Beliaeva
    Kseniya Beliaevaover 5 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

  • webbie
    webbieover 5 years ago

  • KazM
    KazMover 5 years ago

    Dramatic Detailed Dragon
    Awesome Art

    Glad to have your work in the Fantastic Primitive Art Group.

  • Thanks so much Kaz. I’m honored to be featured! This particular pieces is one of my favorites.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 5 years ago

    Congratulations..you have been featured in the First Things Group

  • Thank you so much!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Traditional  Painters in Modern times
    Traditional P...over 5 years ago

    Wow what a fantastic piece!
    It has been featured in PiMT and would be a great entry into the upcoming challenge
    Animals of Fantasy!

  • OK great. Thank you so much! I will see about entering this into your challenge. I’ve never done one before.

    – Lynnette Shelley

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