Medium: Watercolors Size: 6x18 inches Detail closeups views & prints available here: [link] Pencil sketch viewable here: [link]
Revisiting the dragon gate theme in this commissioned piece.
In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination in the face of impossible obstacles, and inner strength. The journey of the carp to become a dragon was a metaphor for young scholars passing the Chinese state exams and become a mandarin.
Size: 10x16 inches Medium: Watercolors Detail views & Prints available: [link] Sketches and related blog post: [link]
A lotus is symbol of purity, rising from the mud and muck at the bottom of a pond to spread untainted and beautiful petals to the world above. And the carp who swim endlessly upstream to attain the perfection of transformation into a dragon.
Size: 9x13 inches Medium: watercolors detail closeups and prints: [link] related blog posts & sketches: [link]
Basis for this one is Chinese classical court dance. According to my collaborator on this project, Satyr: The image is drawn from the tale of the esteemed poet Shangguan Wan’er, who judged two of her fellow poets from the top of a tower in order to find the one who best captured the essence of the coming night. “No need to worry that the bright moon will fade,” said the wining poem; “the pearl of night is soon to arrive.”