Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Christmas Dragon

Greg Manchess

The Christmas Dragon debuted in Paris this past October at Galerie Daniel Maghen.

Excerpt from the story, The Christmas Dragon, by G. Manchess:

“ had flown for hours, scanning the mountains where they’d been forced down by the storm the night before. The morning broke mercifully clear and crisp, the sharp light would help find his tracks but would be just as difficult as last time. That was on the peninsula.

Here, at the entrance to the Black Mountains, magnetic pull was weak.

And the light was fading...”

Another story in my writing file, growing with time. When my friend Jared Shear sent me a shot he’d taken in Montana to entice me to come out and do some plein air painting together, I visualized my dragon in the shot. It was a natural. I asked if I could use it, and he obliged.

I made a sketch of the dragon and started painting. This one only took ten years.

Thanks, Jared!


  1. Wow, what a powerful piece! And that fir in the background just makes me want to punch your face. You rule, Greg!

  2. I'm glad I could be of assistance in getting that image out of your head and onto canvas for all of us to see.

    Such a surreal feeling seeing a place I've been to a hundred times being inhabited by dragons!

    1. Hey probably noticed that I stretched the scene a little to fit the dragon in....! Thanks again. Great light to work from!

  3. oh perfection and delight....the pose of the beast, the saddle, the colors, the scenery, the's all there at the right place. Harmony. It feels like looking through the keyhole of some great old and true story..... I would love to hear more about this dragon.
    I sincerely hope i com to this level of mastery one day.
    Is it available to purchase as an art print ?

    1. Hi Eloise! Thanks for the kind remarks! If you are interested in a print, just contact me through my email ( and we can work it out. I usually generate unlimited print editions for those who want special images.
      Best, Greg


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