The orchid, bamboo, plum tree and chrysanthemum represent the “Ki” or the vital energy of the four seasons and of the four ages of man and are considered the “Four Gentlemen”.
Bamboo is the symbol of everlasting friendship and longevity.
It represents flexibility rooted in strength.
This metaphor for life, recalls the character of the wise man,
green in all seasons which does not break in a hurricane.
This suggests a strengthening and flexible inner attitude because just like the bamboo,
when a person faces the events of life,
they do not fight against change but go with the flow and adapt.
The orchid represents Summer, femininity and elegance.
“When emotions are running high and you feel depressed, you should paint the bamboo.
If you feel joyful then you should paint the orchid,
because orchid’s leaves seem to fly and free themselves in space,
their buds open up in a graceful and peaceful way.
The whole flower expresses happiness”. Chüeh Yin
PINE TREES AND LANDSCAPES
Pine trees are similar to people of elevated principles whose features reveal their high moral stature.
They express the inner spiritual and potential strength of human beings.
They are like the hidden young dragon who is ready to rise up by twisting its body into coils and emerging from a deep gorge.