|This is a bright, cheery still life of flowers in a pitcher of water. Although it may be a common theme, it is an uncommon painting. It has an impressionist feel to it with its use of pastel colors and an impasto painting technique that makes the flowers, literally, jump out of the painting. It shows skill and understanding of the more subtle properties of light, as it captures the way that diffraction of light, in water, changes the appearance of the stems that are partly in-partly out of the water. Look more closely, and you can see that even the handle of the pitcher has picked up another branch by the diffraction of light through the curved glass. Petals of flowers are seen on the table as always happens when fresh flowers are cut an put in water. All in all, it is a very pretty piece of art, and Zhao Bao Cheng is famous for his floral still-lifes with larger ones having gone up for auction, recently, in the $10,000 range. Since this is a smaller painting, the price, shown, includes shipping of the painting, framed and matted (39 x 47.5 cm), as shown.