Dragon Fruit & Vietnam Research

Dragon Fruit Flower (Pitaya) - Kathryn Koozer, A Seattle Artist - notes.kathrynkoozer.com

I’m participating in another fundraiser/auction! I will be donating a piece of artwork to the Vietnam Health Clinic here in Seattle to help students from Washington provide free health care to rural areas of Vietnam. This will be in May.

I’m thinking of doing a piece that is 11″ x 17″ and in this fun black and white doodle style. Most likely I would end up painting with india ink. I’ve been reading up on Vietnam and there are a lot of inspiring cultural iconic symbols that would be a lot of fun to create.

In my research into culture I read about Âu Cơ and the creation story of the Vietnamese people. This is pulled strait from wikipedia: “Âu Cơ (嫗姬) was an immortal mountain fairy who married Lạc Long Quân (literally: “Dragon Lord of Lac”), and bore an egg sac that hatched a hundred children known collectively as Bach Viet, ancestors to the Vietnamese people, according to the creation myth of the Vietnamese people. Âu Cơ is often honored as the mother of Vietnamese civilization.”

That, my friends, is one of the best creation stories I’ve read. There are a lot more details to the story but those are the main points. How amazing is it to be able to say that your culture and your people came from the union of a fairy and a dragon?


Anyway, also in my research I looked at plants and animals and I ran across the dragon fruit. The entire plant is impressive and I highly recommend looking it up and seeing for yourself. The ink doodle I completed today is of a dragon fruit flower.