Akitsushima (Isle of the dragonfly)

In Japan the dragonfly is symbolic of strength, courage, victory, success and happiness.
Japanese families in the 11th century would use the dragonfly to decorate everything from furniture to cloths. The dragonfly was even used as a Samurai family crest.
Japanese legend tells of an emperor that was bitten by a horsefly. That horsefly was then eaten by a dragonfly. The emperor then named Japan "Akitsushima" which translates to Isle of the dragonfly.


Dragonhunter
Akitsushima (Isle Of The Dragonfly) Collection

Dragonhunter

Soaring playfully
Weaving through the ginkgo leaves
A moment of rest

Medium: watercolor and gouache
Original size: 9" x 11.5"
Created and copyrighted 2003
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo

Orange Shadowdragon
Akitsushima (Isle Of The Dragonfly) Collection

Orange Shadowdragon

Change of the season
Tombo blends into fall leaves
Bright orange and red

Medium: watercolor and gouache
Original size: 9" x 11.5"
Created and copyrighted 2003
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo

Blue-Eyed Darner
Akitsushima (Isle Of The Dragonfly) Collection

Blue-Eyed Darner

Colors for the cloth
Fruit and leaves become one dye
Colors of the dragonfly

Medium: watercolor and gouache
Original size: 9" x 11.5"
Created and copyrighted 2003
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo

Eastern Pondhawk
Akitsushima (Isle Of The Dragonfly) Collection

Eastern Pondhawk

Tombo camouflage
Preservation is secured
Nature helps nature

Medium: watercolor and gouache
Original size: 9" x 11.5"
Created and copyrighted 2003
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo

 

Golden-winged Skimmer

Golden-winged Skimmer

Resting on a blade
A tip disturbs still waters
Flow with the movement

Medium: watercolor and gouache
Original size: 9" x 11.5"
Created 2002 and published copyrighted 2003
by Elizabeth Koval Maffeo