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The woman in the picture is an image that shows my passion for the art of painting. As I stroke every feather of the red-crowned cranes, they come alive and revolve around me. And as they fly covering me with their grace, I transform into the red-crowned crane fairy, spearheading our flight. Of the same hue are the Chinese red plum blossoms, encouraging us in our journey, bidding us farewell.
Red-crowned cranes are popular in Chinese paintings. Artists love them for their grace. They symbolise longevity and immortality. For centuries, Taoism believes that these beautiful winged creatures pursue fruitful expeditions. Their natural grace associates them with peace and supreme divinity. They are the Chinese gods' messengers of faith. The Chinese red plum blossoms are admired for their resilience and credibility. They are naturally strong and inspire hard work. They have an unwavering faith in themselves. While the red-crowned cranes are the closest creatures to phoenixes, the red plum blossoms stimulate the spiritual outlook of the descendants of the dragon. Springtime is the season that celebrates these ancient flowers. This is the season for new beginnings, for hopeful journeys.
I surround myself with these elements in my spiritual journey through art. My body is awake with the lust to travel and discover my deep roots. The dragon’s courage and strength uplifts me to continue moving. The birds are guiding my flight. I vow to maintain my grace and credibility towards the journey. I believe that my passion seeks no competition. As the fairy of the red-crowned cranes, I immortalise my own existence through this painting. This is my legacy. May the tradition remain as strong as the red plum blossoms.
Yin Lu is a Chinese Australian artist and art teacher based in Brisbane, Australia, whose artistic practice is hugely influenced by her Chinese heritage. Working across a range of two-dimensional media, from drawing, painting, muralism and mixed media, she uses her bold and contrasting style to amplify her cultural identity. Her interpretations of multiculturalism through combinations of Western art and Eastern aesthetics play a pivotal role in inspiring her art.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size. Our 4 inch prints feature a minimum half-inch margin while larger sizes feature a minimum one-inch margin.