Chinese flower painting is not about flowers. The fact that training begins with bamboo tells the story. Brush painting is about the expression of strokes, the rhythm of movement, contrast and harmony, the figure and space, the idea beyond what one sees, the joyful celebration of life.
Under the general title of flower painting, Chinese include fruits, vegetables, crops, trees and many more. Eggplant has one of the most beautiful purple colors. It also is shaped beautifully. The skin of the eggplant is shiny. It is a great subject to paint.