Dragons...the stuff of legend

Departing from serious matters

Dragon's Cave (Crystal Cavern) Mural

"The ancient Chinese regarded the dragon as the most potent of all symbols of energy and good fortune. They believed it to be the harbinger of incredible luck, prosperity, abundance, consistent success and high achievement. It was said to represent potent propitious powers, especially control over rainfall, floods and hurricanes. The dragon is still a very popular symbol that stands for valiance, heroism, boldness, self-confidence, power, excellence, perseverance, nobility, vitality and happiness. It brings about physical as well as spiritual well-being and strength. It is related to the spring season and is representative of auspiciousness and new beginnings."

Play on words

My name is Laura and I grew up in Romania. "Balaur" is one way you could say "dragon" in my language.

About halfway back, one of my friends nicknamed me "Laura Balaura"; it loosely translates to : Laura the Dragoness (slightly more dignifying than the American standard name rhyming and I will not point fingers, but ...I love not bananas the less, but dragons more.)

It really stuck with me. I reveled in the feeling of power and confidence it conferred, and I still use it to this day. In fact, the name of my first painting gig was "Balaura's Handpainted Crafts; Recycled and Restored One of a kind creations". Visit my Facebook page for 31 days of memories.

Balaura's HandPainted


Dragons inspire dignity, wisdom and strength.

One of my favorite movies as a child -and one that I'm delighted to share with my own girl -is the amazing "The NeverEnding Story". I loved Falcor so much and all I really wanted in a friend was a big, fluffy, beautiful, strong, flying Luck Dragon...He lives at my house at last...

Going out with a bang!

" It's time for my rehearsal*

The ultimate reversal

You see, I've got a plan

I'm coming back as a (m̶a̶n̶)" dragon!

When I die and go to Heaven..." acrylic on canvas, 32"/48"

" It is best to let sleeping dragons lie "

This rule also applies to children , people and animals of all ages.

Doesn't everyone look more beautiful and at peace when they sleep?

"Let sleeping dragons lie" acrylic on 8"/23" canvas

I love me a slumber...

A book to spark your interest

Dragonology book cover

Written by dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake, I can't say how much of this manuscript is written with a tongue-in-cheek attitude; but if ever there was a dragon enthusiast, you've found him in this book. Great for kids and artists!

Eclectic dragon artworks

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PS: Check out my latest commission mural : Dream of Butterflies

* excerpt from Caro Emerald's wonderfully fascinating music

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