There are a couple of objects that we like to use in Chinese paintings because they carry some auspicious meanings.
This is one example from my art teacher. The still life setup was designed for Chinese New Year that not only delightful to the eyes but also meaningful to the Chinese community.
The radish in Hokkien dialect is pronounce as (菜头), which sounds like (彩头)-means ‘good start’ so it symbolised a good year ahead.
Mandarin oranges always mean lucky and red packet is Chinese traditional monetary gift from elderly during special occasions. It is also meant to ward off devil and bring safeness to the younger generation. The two little cute goldfish on the greeting card means abundance of gold and harmony.
Chinese New Year is close by, have you plan the deco for your house?