Watercolour still life with a difference. These are very loved objects I have around my home which have been collected since 2005 from visits to the Far East to visit family. I did not group them in a traditional still life format as I wanted a more modern take on the genre.
They are all from China, with the exception of the small round vase which is from Tokyo, when my son was teaching there, his first job abroad. The paintbrush at the bottom is from Hong Kong when my son got married and the brown teapot is from Taiwan, given to me by my daughter in law's parents when my grandaughter was born. The two little figures are from Wuxi, which was a twin city we visited when my husband and I were Mayor and Mayoress, and the horse is from Beijing, bought in Olympic year 2008. So they all have special significance.
The dragon in the background is a linking device and it was painted at the Chinese New Year.