Happy Lunar new year – year of ox

Thank god Lunar New Year is here and my Natal year (same zodiac animal as birth year) is almost over. 2020 was year of rat, as my zodiac animal. It is said that natal year people should always have something red on them. I made myself a red bracelet. But I didn’t think it was enough so I made another one. And my parents gave me the third one. I don’t think that I need to describe more about how bumpy and difficult of year 2020. Well I’m just glad that the year of ox is finally coming.

USPS has Lunar New Year stamps around the season. I started to collect them when I was in graduate school because it was again my natal year back then. Now, this is another round (12 years for one cycle, and 60 years for one Jiazi cycle).

According to USPS website, in Chinese tradition, five elements-wood, fire, earth, metal (or gold), and water-also cycle in accordance with the lunar calendar and are associated with the year’s animal sign. In 2021, the Lunar New Year will mark the beginning of the year of the Gold Ox.


Hope we all get some luck in this Gold Ox year. I definitely need it. O(∩_∩)O

A quick note, if you were born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or this year, then you’re an Ox. Your personality could be characterized as hard working in the background, intelligent and reliable but you do not need praise.

Happy Lunar New Year~ Moo~

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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