Cherry Blossom Season（樱花季）
I was playing around with ink and colors in a period of time, and I thought it was pretty enjoyable, pretty interesting. This is one of the paintings that I made at that time.
Although I actually made quite a few of these paintings, I didn’t get much positive feedback from my friends. They inevitably felt that this kind of painting was too unorthodox and hard to agree with, so they didn’t give much support. I was left feeling that the style was too highbrow to find much of an audience. And worse, an elderly saw a painting like this and said, “You call this a traditional Chinese painting!? A traditional Chinese painting doesn’t have all these colors. A traditional Chinese painting should have a poem or some calligraphy. It’s not a traditional Chinese painting if it doesn’t combine painting, calligraphy, and seal impressions.” I could only shake my head after hearing such a pig-headed, ignorant, self-righteous explanation of “orthodox painting.”
That’s why I put a several fewer paintings into my sixth painting collection. When the seventh collection is published, I’ll take some more and ask for advice from an expert.