Learn how to paint a still life of pak choi, pepper and radish using Chinese brush painting techniques.

Pak choi, also called bok choy or Chinese cabbage, is a staple vegetable in China, where it is honoured as ‘king of vegetables’ for its pleasing taste.

With green leaves inside and white leaves outside, bok choy implies innocence – so it also symbolizes the literati’s virtue of behaving innocently.

In Mandarin Chinese, the vegetable’s name sounds similar to a phrase which means enormous wealth and good fortune – another reason for the high regard in which it’s held.

Demonstration: Crystal White and Green