Osmanthus/ink and color painting
Because the flowers are too small, I only painted the leaves of this plant and used small dots of color to represent the flowers. Although the flowers are small, they are highly fragrant, and this is considered a very esteemed scent.
A female author, who I don’t remember, recalled that during her childhood she often stood in the courtyard of her family home, underneath an osmanthus tree, pulled out the hem of her skirt, and had a servant shake the tree. The osmanthus blossoms fell into her skirt, and she called this “osmanthus rain.” She also said that the blossoms can be used to make cookies-what a wonderful scene that would be.
There is a bird with a blue back and a red belly in the center of this painting. I like to paint this kind of bird. I used small yellow dots to depict the osmanthus flowers. If I just splashed these little yellow dots across the painting, that would be another kind of “osmanthus rain.” ＠