This painting by Song Meng is nicely composed. Viewers observe that the grazing cow and its rider are surrounded by hills which are distinctly painted with darker tones of ink, yet the cow and its rider are not overwhelmed. This is due to the appropriate spacing that is left around the subjects, reflecting the artist’s experience with traditional ink painting. A poem by buddhist monk Shi Shi Fan from the late Song Dynasty was inscribed at the top left of the composition, adding to the ambience of the simple life which is forged in this painting.
Song Meng is an active member of the Singapore Art Society, Society of Chinese Artists and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal Carving Calligraphy and Painting Society. She looks to forge an ancient elegance and sense of traditional Chinese literati in her paintings.