Fantasy oil painting “Blue serpent and glowing eggs”

fantasy oil painting blue serpent and glowing eggs.
Fantasy oil painting “Blue serpent and glowing eggs” ©YueZeng2023

Initial thoughts

This concept started with eggs. I wanted to paint some golden eggs. Then I thought glowing golden eggs could be more interesting. Next, eggs should be in nest. To make a story scene I prepared a snake around the nest so it had some tension between these two parties. However, I was not satisfied with the snake composition. It was either too small or away from focal point. It didn’t feel like a threat to eggs. I even tried to put in a snake hunter animal such as mongoose to indicate that the snake was trying to steal the eggs.

No, I didn’t like that either.

After struggling a little bit and searched tons of snake photos online, I decided to scale up the snake as much as I can. It suddenly gave the fairy tale feeling. A giant blue serpent looked at several glowing eggs in a nest. At this point, I still believed that the serpent was trying to steal the eggs. So I added an iron cage in order to protect those eggs. As soon as I put the cage in, the story changed. Now the eggs might be the serpent’s. The giant snake could be somehow glowing too. Someone else stole its eggs and put them in a cage in order to lure the mother serpent closer. One smaller egg rolled out of the cage and hatched. Once the baby serpent escaped, the egg shell had no glow at all.

Digital sketch

The purpose of the hatched egg is to tell what is actually glowing, the snake (inside), not the egg shell (outside). The serpent’s glow comes from underneath its scales, same golden yellow as the unhatched eggs. Whole color theme of this piece is teal and yellow.

Digital sketch “Blue serpent and glowing eggs” ©YueZeng2023


I first mixed the gold pigment with gold paint together and painted the edge of scales. Later I noticed that I still needed to tone it down with some color glazing. Otherwise the gold paint was to shinny.

Well, whoever put the eggs in cage is not a bad guy I assume. Might be he/she just want a closer look of the giant blue serpent that hides in the thorny woods all the time. Once hatched, the baby serpent can easily get out of the cage and reunite with their mother. ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.