© Ron Orpitelli 1990
Chinese Lion Dancer
colored pencil and ink
on illustration board
30" x 40"
(photo by Daniel Herron)
Always a fan of color and pattern, I
have a great time playing with both.  
That certainly was true with this
piece.  I also enjoyed playing with
framing the image making it almost

This piece was originally created as
the center panel of a "Celebration
Triptych" - a collection of  images
comparing and contrasting strong
ceremonial visuals from different
cultures.  The central element was
almost abstract when compared to
the other two, but ironically was even
more visually celebratory in spite of
this.  For this reason, it has always
been my favorite of the three.