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.
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.