Arowana I / ink and color painting 红龙 (Ⅰ)（彩墨）
A friend has an Arowana fish, which was imported from Indonesia. Because of the length and size of this fish, an aquarium can usually hold only one.
You will certainly be impressed by its “charisma” when you first see this kind of fish. It swims at its own leisurely pace, neither too fast nor too slow, and maintains an elegant bearing. It seems to have the deportment of a king or emperor. Together with its shining red scales, it is certainly worthy of the title of “nobility of fish.”
This kind of fish makes a sound or call late at night, as if remembering its homeland. My friend was initially disturbed and fearful, because he had never encountered anything like that before (to hear the fish’s call from one’s living room in the middle of the night is enough to scare anyone). He later learned that this was the call of the Arowana, and eventually got used to it.
There is a shop in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan County, that produces preserved specimens, and I go in to take a look every time I pass the shop. Their lambs, bird-of-paradise, arowana, and pythons are all extremely well-done and exceptionally lifelike. Sometimes I even bring my sketchbook and draw a bit.@