Hi, I'm Regina, an illustrator and aspiring children's book writer. I live in Taipei, Taiwan with my husband and young son and have been practicing contemporary gongbi painting for a couple of years.
These three characters that I've created represent the three traditional sources of Classical Chinese thinking: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Some items that they hold are commonly seen during the Lunar New Year in Taiwan. The ox holds a red lantern, said to be a color and light that wards off evil spirits and bad fortune at this time of year. The boy holds a red envelope provided by parents and elders with New Year money inside, said to help children prosper, thrive, and grow for another year. The rabbit holds incense sticks that are used to send prayers and offerings to the Jade Emperor in Heaven and one's ancestors for abundance in the new year.
I wish you and your loved ones peace, health, and happiness! 💛