Sunday, March 4, 2012

Climbing the Dragon Gate III

Medium: Watercolors
Size: 6x18 inches
Detail closeups views & prints available -here-

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.


  1. Oh, this is so nice. Thanks for sharing

    Happiness to all.

  2. So beautiful! Thank you very much! Best wishes to you!