Paintings: Blessed Cranes

"Xian-He ~ Blessed Cranes"
5 1/2 x 11 1/2"
Watercolor on watercolor paper
~ Prints are available here ~

This piece has a few technical problems, I know (much as I love watercolor, I do wish it was more lenient towards mistakes!). However, on the whole I'm pleased with the final product and the departure from my regular subject matter. Xian-He is the Chinese word for the Japanese crane, which was believed to be a purveyor of wisdom, as opposed to the cranes which brought immortality and peace (called tian-he). Cranes were also thought to transport Taoist sages between heaven and earth. If anyone knows more about this mythology or would like to correct my research, I'd appreciate it.

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