I purchased this ginger jar for its unique and very colorful design.  I knew it would be so much fun to paint and that it would make a very noble statement especially if dramatically illuminated.  I was right on both counts.  The stark black background and shadow make the ginger jar almost pop off the canvas.  The dragon motif has been one of the most popular images in Chinese art. The red dragon is considered the “luckiest color” and was adopted as part of the Ming dynasty.  Dragons (usually with five claws on each foot) were a symbol of imperial power in many Chinese dynasties reserved only for the emperor.  Both the dragon and clouds were often associated with good fortune and happiness.   

Original painting available through King Galleries  |  www.kinggalleries.com  |  480.440.3912 (Santa Fe), 480.481.0187 (Scottsdale)