Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gong Hei Fat Choi - Happy New Year!!

NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY

Gong Hei Fat Choi 


The Year of the Ram - by Becky McMahan
Watercolour and Ink on Paper - 13 x 14

To celebrate the Chinese New Year I invited artist Becky McMahan to share with us her picture for The Year of the Ram.  Becky is a good friend of mine and I really enjoy her work.  She is an Oriental Brush Painter, working with Chinese Ink and Watercolours on Mulberry paper.  In the Fraser Valley, Becky's work can be found in the gift shop at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver, BC.  I find it an interesting contrast to see her work to mine.  ( See my last post for my Bighorn Sheep, my picture for the year) She definitely has an Oriental flavour to her work which I find very appealing.

To Celebrate the Chinese New Year, it can't be done in 1 day!! The celebrations actually occurover 10-15 days depending on where you look.  We are now already into Day 2!  Not sure how that happened so fast. 


To Celebrate the Chinese New Year, it can't be done in 1 day!! The celebrations actually occurs over 10-15 days depending on where you look.  We are now already into Day 2!  Not sure how that happened so fast. 

The next few days, Day 3-7 are a time to visit with family and friends.  But watch out on Day 3, the evil spirits roam around so it is considered inauspicious to be outside.  Day 8 is often the end of the holiday for most people as they head back to work.  But there is one more really important  day - Day 15.  It is March 5, the day of the Lantern Festival.  It is the end of the Spring Festival celebrations and a time to set lanterns adrift on rivers, seas and lakes.  The release of the lanterns is a symbol of peace and good fortune.  I always enjoy this event, it is so lovely to see the brightly lit lanterns floating on the water or in some cases in the air!

Here on the West Coast, the Chinese New Year is an exciting event.  Over 4,000 performers and volunteers will be  involved in the Year of the Ram parade on Sunday. The weatherman is already telling us it will be a wonderful, warm sunny day!  Many other special events are happening in Vancouver and restaurants and stores are full of decorations.  With all the bright red colours it is easy to forget our gray, cold days of winter!!

So "Gong Hei Fat Choi Everyone"!!

Special Note: 
Last Marketing workshop this year, Sunday, March 8, 10-3pm.  See Workshop/Private Classes for registration and more info.
Points to Ponder: During February I will be adding weekly Marketing Tips to my Points to Ponder -Marketing Skills Page.  This week's topic "What do you do?"  Simple question but the answer is very complex!!

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2 comments:

Brenda Hill CDM said...

Becky did a great job on this one!

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Yes, I was impressed with her work. Gong Hei Fat Choi to you.