Someone said that when lotus flowers are blooming, you must see them, when lotus leaves are fade, you need to see them even more. So withered leaves also represents a spirit, tough and tensile, or a broad spiritual connotation only with less charming.
It seems to tell you that mean your life is , meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. Life is transient, just like the lotus flower. Cherish your time, love your life, poor as it is. Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
Material 所用 工具：
Chinese brushes 毛笔3 只
Xuan Paper (raw rice paper) 生宣纸
Chinese painting color : 中国画颜料
Chinese ink 墨汁
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My painting: Lotus 荷花