21" x 17"
My idea for this piece did not start out this way. I originally wanted to do a piece that told a story of some sort. I couldn't get a story out of that plate of food and realized that I was struggling way too much, trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. After some more research into Chinese art, I went back to an idea that I had discarded as too easy which was the ancient art of Chinese paper cutting.
Chinese paper cutting is an incredibly old craft and a rather intricate affair. Much of what I saw was done in the colors of red and white. I never work with red; it disturbs me a lot when I use it so I don't. I went ahead anyway and based my design loosely on the Willow plate pattern. I hope you can spot the noodles as the water design, broccoli as the tree forms, pea pods in the sky and the chopstick idea in the fence next to the pagoda. I even included some carrots and of course, the circular form of the plate. The mountains are a loose interpretation of the pot stickers also. The border fabric was a lucky find for me and has a little added color with the purple and gold. The piece is subdued and looks a bit like a placemet but I think a little bit of my understated efforts came through in the end.