Good Fortune!

Green Wood Horse
Watercolor
Suzanne McDermott
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
― Ovid
The Green Wood Horse

Rarin' to Go.

So many chances for new beginnings this year!

Today marks the first day of the Chinese Astrological Year of the Horse. I moved into a new home | studio | office over the weekend and am surrounded by boxes. Happy but tired and short on brain power. So, rather than write this week, I'll share links and images.

I did find the stamina to to make the above quick painting (over my keyboard, with little light) in celebration of the new astrological year. It's after a sketch I made some years back of a glazed, earthenware horse from the Tang dynasty, early 8th century A.D. at the MFA in Boston.

This painting is a good way to christen the creative energy in the new house and to kick off the new astrological year. I'm a Horse, too, so I'm looking forward to a good year.

I'm not off the mark. My first dinner (at the Red Dragon across the street) was accompanied by a handful of fortune cookies and all of them were good (or true.)

See two of them below.





Here's my original sketch at the MFA Boston:

 
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
—Viggo Mortensen
Click on the links below to read up on the new year and you!

Risa D'Angeles on the Green Wood Horse.

Chinese Fortune Calendar.

Find your Chinese Astrological sign.

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1 comment:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Was at the MFA today and so I relate to this post. I'm also a lover of all things Oriental.
Congratulations on your new place and Happy New Year, Horse.
I'm a Tiger...