68.5 cm x 44.5 cm; watercolour on rice paper; 2015
Blog Post 14
Even during ancient times, the carp is probably the most popular fish in China. It is closely associated to the dragon. In Chinese folklore, if a carp can jump and cross over the Dragon Gate, it transforms into a dragon. Indeed, the carp is a tough freshwater fish that can resist big currents in China’s ancient Yellow River. Hence, until now, carps symbolise perseverance and determination. Most often, carps are associated with scholastic success and literary luck. But, they are also symbols of happy outcome, joyful marriage, sufficient fortune, and more than prosperity–fullness.
I painted Fullness after I did Three Lucky Carps. See my Blog Post 6. This painting, plus 5 more of my paintings (featured in Blog Posts 13- 9), were selected from my collection by Prof Arsenia Lim for inclusion in the 10th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Zi-Der Chinese Art Club. This exhibit of 28 participants will be from October 16-19, 2016, 9-5 p.m., at the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc, 1st Floor, Grand Hall, Federation Center, Muelle de Binondo St, Binondo, Manila.
Main attraction of the exhibit will be the paintings of Prof Arsenia Lim (Tsai Shiu-Yuin), Mentor of the Zi-Der Chinese Art Club and Professor of Chinese brush painting workshops held at the RCBC Museum, Makati.