If you visit a friend¡¯s home for the first time and see a Chinese painting hanging on the wall, you can conclude that the host must be a learned, tasteful person. The reasons are: First, admiring a Chinese painting is a spiritual enjoyment that can cultivate your taste. Second, buying a famous artist¡¯s work is a wise investment.
Last week I visited a famous ancient cultural street in Beijing, and found an outstanding gallery called ¡®Ancient Temple¡¯. The shop keeper Mr. Jia had been painting for more than forty years. Some of his works are kept in the Great Hall of the People, and the Palace Museum.
Mr. Jia is a humble, sincere artist. He told me he was especially good at drawing peaches and pomegranates. Peaches symbolize longevity, so Chinese people often send peaches to elders as birthday presents. Pomegranates represent big and happy families full of children, because, when ripe, they will grow a great many seeds inside. Gazing at his prominent works of peaches and pomegranates, I gasped in admiration.
Mr. Jia also loves drawing landscapes and plum blossoms. Looking at a painting featuring mountains, streams, and a pavilion, I felt like entering a wonderland. Another one showed red plum flowers against a white snow background. Chinese people especially love plum flowers which are so proud that they choose to blossom in the coldest moment.
In the shop, if you are lucky enough, you might catch sight of Mr. Jia painting on the spot. Surely you will be impressed by his profound and proficient painting skills.
What I appreciated:
Senior artist, outstanding Chinese paintings
What costumers appreciate:
Intriguing Chinese paintings
Stylish clothes with ethnic embroidery
The largest pearl store near the Temple of Heaven
Paintings showcasing the spectacular sceneries of China
Flying Beautiful Kites in the Sky