Little Red Dragon – Artsy Fartsy Friday

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Mom, can I keep him?
I created this Little Red Dragon a couple years ago when I was asked to participate in a local art scavenger hunt.

“Tiny Treasures” was (and still is) organized by a local credit union, the idea behind the hunt was for a participating artist to create a piece of art and “hide” it in the open somewhere in Spokane. Then, he/she would provide clues on social media as to the whereabouts of the artwork. People could then follow the clues and whoever found the artwork first would keep it.

So participate I did. I painted my Little Red Dragon, printed it, framed it, and placed it on a back corner-shelf of a local used record store.

Over the next couple weeks, I posted clues:

First Clue:

“Newest among the old ones, wrapped in wreath and incense, I sit and listen.”

Second Clue:

“I see from my corner perch, many circles in squares, and a string of flowers.”

Third Clue:

“Scents of myrrh, chants of old words, sounds past.”

Fourth Clue:

“Dorothy = easy street. A floor for kings and pawns.”

Fifth and Final Clue:

“To the north, the Waters ask, “Which one’s Pink?”

The End is a Mystery.

It is unknown if anybody ever found my Little Red Dragon. Nobody contacted me on social media saying they found it. I suppose if I’m ever that way again I should drop by the shop (if it’s still there) and see.

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that no one even looked for it. I don’t think my clues were very helpful. Although, in my opinion, if you can’t figure out that last one, you are a moron (or a country music fan).

Perhaps most telling of all, the organizers never asked me to participate again. Maybe they have a “one-time only” rule (possible), maybe they forgot about me (very possible), or maybe I’m over the age limit for caring about social media games (Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!).

Honestly, I’d probably do it again if they asked. I’m used to doing art for free.

That’s what “freelance” means, right?

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4 Comments on “Little Red Dragon – Artsy Fartsy Friday”

  1. I get it!!! I’ve solved it!

    Oh but ain’t that America, for you and me
    Ain’t that America, we’re something to see baby
    Ain’t that America, home of the free, yeah
    Little red dragons for you and me, oh for you and me

    So, it’s in America. I’ve just got to whittle it down a little.

    1. That’s a start. You need to make it your life’s work, like Indiana Jones’ father and the Holy Grail. Get yourself a leather booklet for all your clues, a musty jacket with elbow patches, and a hot German babe and you’ll be all set for a lifetime of adventure.

      Actually, that last one is probably all you need.

  2. I’m probably in the tweed set right now. Indy’s father’s place is two blocks away from my great-grandparents house. But I have a notebook. And I’m looking to get a motorcycle with a sidecar (seriously), nearly the same model as the movie. The Mrs. has already granted approval, once I clean the garage.

    1. You’re nearly all set. Just gotta talk to the wife about the hot German lady. I’m sure she’ll understand: A guy’s gotta follow his dreams.

      My wife knows I’d leave her in a hot minute for Salma Hayek, and she’d do the same to me for Sam Elliott or Timothy Oliphant. I told her I’m fine with the Sam Elliott part, but she’d have to fight me for Timothy Oliphant.

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