On the Drawing Board: Feeling fantastical

Many of my early pieces (teenage years) were sci-fi and fantasy inspired, so I always feel my artistic roots are slightly anchored in that genre.  Lately, as I've been contemplating my next works I've kept drifting in that direction, so I've decided to indulge.  I've done a few in the past, like "Metamorphosis" and "Deep Blue", and definitely would like to explore further.  I'm starting with one of my favorite mythological creatures, gryphons, of which I've been a fan of since reading about the land of Valdemar in the Mercedes Lackey books.