Acrylic 12" x 16"
Peonies are Chinese national flower...I mean, mainland China, you know.
There is a legend that says when the empress (Wu Zetian, the only one in Chinese history) ordered all flowers to bloom in winter, only peonies disobeyed. So peonies were exiled to Luoyang, which is now called the capital of peonies in China. I don't much favor this story in itself as it carries a meaning of sexism - it portrays a woman in power as a tyrant. However, i dislike today that people call peonies a flower of 'richness and power'. At least, in the legend, peonies were warriors. Besides, when did flowers only show their beauties to rich and powerful people? Only the people without spines would do that.
-Complaints from an angry middle aged woman who simply loves acrylic paintings.