Sea Dragon in Still Water

A performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K208 by Alexandre Tharaud


A Brief Statement on Sea Dragon in Still Water
Sea Dragon in Still Water has the harmonic pattern of the second half of Sonata K208, starting just right of center on the recording above. I have painted this sonata several times, each rendition taking on a different subject or place. In this case, it is the color of an ocean creature called a sea dragon. Sea dragons look like regular sea horses in some ways, but they have much larger and more plentiful fins, as well as a longer tail. They can also be brilliantly colored. I first encountered sea dragons in the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and went back to see them on several occasions. The repeated note (or sometimes a trill) that marks the beginning of the second half of the sonata is represented in the painting as shimmering blue lines drawn up and down with sponges.