I have painted some traditional symbols, like the full moon, pine, wind soughing the pines and some bamboo; but always in conjunction with tea. As I mentioned in my introduction, I don't typically paint everyday or in any mood. I wait until there is a day with plenty of unhurried time. I meditate and drink some tea and if at the end I'm in that quiet place, purified like the "Song of Tea" after my "Seven Bowls", then I pick up the brush. Sometimes what comes out is influenced by things I've seen on teaware, old paintings, etc. but it is always unplanned and spontaneous and any piece that is contrived or shows my influence, rather than the tea/quiet, is immediately crumpled up (and that is often a sign it is time to stop painting). I'm not always successful, but my artistic method is to open up and try to just wait for the brush to move itself.
Here are a couple from the gallery at The Leaf with a moon and bamboo. The full moon symbolizes enlightenment and here the master is offering his wisdom up (perhaps in a handful of leaves as the Buddha did?). It also has English calligraphy
which I did years ago before I learned Chinese. The second is a Daoist mendicant drinking under bamboo--he holds one cup, but who is the second for?: