We are still in the middle of moving, renovations etc so painting has taken a backseat to other things lately. Very much looking forward to being settled and in a space where I can get back at it!
Here is a pig to welcome the Chinese New Year – health, wealth and happiness to all! I was inspired by the traditional Chinese paper cut art which often includes flowers…
Tom wrote a poem to honour this pig …and this year!
Glitter glowing over mud
a touch of sunlight dapples
a brow enjoying springlike floods
of sunlight. Soon the apples
will be afruiting in the trees
abuzz with busy worker bees
while below the pigs will root
and wallow with great ease. Bring boots
if you’d cavort with happy swine
for they’ve been known to splash and spatter
anyone they want to flatter
with the last and best of wine!
The good brown earth makes hearth and floor
for the happy sow and boar!
A happy dog to wish you Happy Chinese New Year! This is a small ink and watercolour I did for a card.
And a happy poem to celebrate from Tom!
Puppy dog, “Woof!” he barks with joy
as the Moon and year turn New
heralding the call, “Good boy!”
while time is passing over, through
the weirs that humans set to catch
one fleeting moment, striking match
that sets the fireworks alight
to bring us joy upon the night
when bounding in from twelve years gone
the faithful dog at last returns
his loyalty forever burns
like the light of new year’s dawn.
Faithful, friendly, happy, true
may this year bring all to you!
Finally posting an image for Chinese New Year! We were busy last weekend with celebrating – eating Chinese dumplings with friends – mmmm!
I was having a difficult time thinking of a way to make a snake cute. So when I saw a really cute snake in the style of a traditional Chinese paper-cut on a billboard in the metro last week, I let myself be inspired… yes, that’s where idea of the flowers came from!
Here’s Tom’s haiku from when I posted this image on twitter.
a lisping forked tongue
funky flower-petal skin
year of the cute snake!
(c) TJ Radcliffe 2013
image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer (with credit to billboard artist!)