This artwork, titled “Phoenix and Dragon”, was created on September 12, 2007. It was created with pastel pencils on a sheet of 30″ x 40″ black paper. It is the largest drawing I have done to date. A larger image can be seen in my portfolio here: Phoenix and Dragon
In this drawing, a silver Chinese Dragon creates a fiery Phoenix Bird from his flames as they fly around a sun mandala among clouds and fire. In Chinese mythological literature, the dragon represents the Yang, or masculine, and the phoenix represents the Yin, or feminine. They complement one another and create balance in the universe. When together, they are symbols of marital happiness and harmony.
This was created when I was really into mandalas, hence the incorporation of the sun mandala in the background. The dragon and phoenix represent yin and yang, fire and ice, silver and gold. The dragon itself was based off of Chinese dragons, but drawn in my own style. However, Chinese dragons do not breathe fire, as they are actually associated with water. The phoenix in the drawing is more in the Western style, rather than the Chinese fenghuang, which is typically more peacock-like in shape and with rainbow colors. So this drawing can also represent East and West, with the Western Phoenix on the left (west) and Eastern Dragon on the right (east). The sun mandala in the background also doubles as a compass rose, with the main points (north, south, east, and west) as the larger “flames” of the mandala points. There are a lot of layers of symbolism in this drawing, and it is open to the interpretation of the viewer.
Above you can see close up views of this drawing. You can appreciate the metallic sheen of the dragon’s scales, the many colors in the flames, and the details in the sun mandala.
This artwork is currently available in my online stores as an art print and more. Please read below for more information.
The best place to purchase as an art print is my Pixels.com store. Here, you can choose from many print options, including giclee paper prints, posters, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and tapestries. There are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors, and also many sizes to choose from. You can also get other products such as tote bags, throw pillows, blankets, and coffee mugs.
In my RedBubble Store, this artwork can be purchased on many apparel options, and as a sticker, prints, home decor, and cool gift ideas.