Osmanthus Moonlight Sonata No.14

24 Mar 2018, 11:25 p.m. | Works

This plant is not from the earth, it comes from the moon.

This week, I’ve been working on an entry into the Papergang competition. It is for a stationery box that includes a desk pad, greeting card, wrapping paper, a pin and a coaster.

The hubby is very excited about this because he just loves notebooks and stationery stuff. (We have a stockpile that'll last us several years.)

For the theme, I picked a plant that you see everywhere in Taiwan: Osmanthus Fragrans, or the “tea olive”. I was very surprised to find it here in San Diego, so naturally I had to buy one and bring it home! There are many, many ancient Chinese poems about this plant, and one I really like goes something like this when translated into English:

This plant is not from this earth
It comes from the moon
When the cold wind blows, you smell its fragrance, and
You see the flowers bloom all across the mountain
(不是人間種,移從月裡來,廣寒香一點,吹得滿山開_楊萬里『岩桂』)

So close your eyes, think of a cool night in spring, and enjoy that subtle, unique smell of the tea olive!

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THIS IS WHAT THIS PAINTING COULD LOOK LIKE ON YOUR WALL