Originally titled “Epiphany”, now titled “Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala”, this drawing was one of my earliest psychedelic artworks. It was completed on March 31, 2007, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on drawing paper. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio gallery – Epiphany.
Celtic Mandala and Triskelion Symbolism
It was heavily influenced by sacred geometry and ancient Celtic artwork designs and symbolism. It is a complicated and many layered geometric mandala based on the Celtic triskele (or triskelion). A triskelion is an abstract figure consisting of three spirals that have radial symmetry.
The central figure of this drawing is a triskele of three groups of four fish, with blue, green, yellow and red coloration, overlaid on abstract spiral designs. There is a triquetra or Trinity Knot in the very middle between the fish tails. An inner border consists of three Chinese dragons overlaid on a golden abstract design with spirals. An outer border consists of a ring of rainbow colored Celtic waves. Outside of the wave border is a light yellow circle with sun rays reaching out. Encircling that is a golden colored belt which is just out of the drawing, with more waves and spirals, on top of multicolored psychedelic dragon scales. Many layers, very complicated.
The Myth of The Koi Fish and the Waterfall
Although while I was drawing this it was just to create a cool design with dragons and rainbows, the mandala itself can be said to be loosely based on the Chinese myth about the koi fish who swim up a waterfall and turn into dragons. The story goes that a group of koi fish were swimming in the Yellow River in China, going upstream against the current. When they reached the waterfall at the end of the river, they encountered a waterfall, and many of the koi fish turned back. A few koi fish remained, and they leaped and swam hard against the waterfall, trying to reach the top. One day, after a hundred years of swimming and leaping, one koi fish managed to make it to the top of the waterfall. To reward the koi fish for his perseverance, the gods transformed him into a dragon.
This drawing was created at a period of time that I was fascinated by Celtic artwork and mandalas. I created several psychedelic mandalas during this time period. I really love the symbolism involved, and the sense of peace and meditation while creating these fascinating geometric forms. I wish I had created more. The reason I stopped is because I honestly had trouble coming up with unique and original ideas. I didn’t want to seem like I was just copying other people’s work.
Art Prints and Gifts
This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. You can purchase this as an art print in my FineArtAmerica store. Home decor, gifts, t-shirts and vinyl stickers are available in my RedBubble store. My Zazzle Store has keychains, coasters, mouse pads, and other cool stuff.