Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chinese Zodiac

Happy Chinese New Year! The New Year animal order starts with the Rat, to the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, Dragon, etc. (the way that they are facing). The Chinese Zodiac is by the year instead of the Western Zodiac which is by each month. The story of their order is that the Buddha called a meeting of all the animals and they arrived to the meeting in the order that they are placed. The story also says that there was suppose to be the Cat but it had missed the meeting by sleeping through it.

Just today on NPR I'd heard that it is the year of the Earth Ox and that Barack Obama has the Earth Ox as his sign.


Rat: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Ox: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Tiger: 1938, 1956, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Rabbit: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Dragon: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Snake: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Horse: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Sheep: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Monkey: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Cock: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Dog: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Boar: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007


Acrylics on canvas 23.5 X 23.5" with Chinese New Year Paper collage around the border

3 comments:

Kris-Tea said...

Really good illo!

Curious Art said...

Beautiful creatures, & I like the zigzag read too, as well as the wonderful border.

Here's to the Year of the OX!

Bron Smith said...

I really enjoyed looking through your work. You draw and render very well indeed. I work out of Puyallup.