Monthly Archives: January 2017

NANCY LEE ART BY THE SEA – ETSY SHOP LAUNCHED TODAY!

Exciting news!  My Etsy Shop, Nancy Lee Art By The Sea, launched today.  I have one seashell painting available for sale there today & a few of the handmade art journals shown in the photo above for sale!  Take a look & let me know what you think!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NancyLeeArtByTheSea?ref=hdr_shop_menu

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER – Japanese brush paintings

ROOSTERS & CHICKENS TO CELEBRATE 2017 THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!  – Assorted Japanese brush paintings.

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!  People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers, determined, busy & talented.  Although they can be a bit eccentric & self-centered, they are always interesting & brave.  Often Rooster people are moody & loners, but they are capable of being a loyal friend.  

“Kung Hei Fat Choy” means Congratulations & Prosperity & is the greeting of good wishes for Chinese New Year.  You can follow this with “May you enjoy good health” & “May your million wishes be fulfilled!”  Red envelopes called Lai See, are given to children with “lucky” money.  Long strips of red paper with written expressions of wishes for a long life, prosperity &a successful career are hung on doorways.  A red scroll with the New Year’s ghost hunter God Zhong Kui are hung on household gates as a guardian spirit.  Zhong Kui is a vanquisher of ghosts & evil beings & reputedly able to command 80,000 demons. He is often shown with a bat for prosperity & scrolls with him are hung in businesses.

Fireworks & the red paper scrolls are to scare off Nian, a beast that preyed on people the night before New Year.  Red is the color of the day to wear & to decorate your home. Drangon & Lion dances are good omens to repel demons & evil & to bring good luck.  

A dinner is served symbolizing abundance & wealth.  Each of the corses signifies a good wish for happiness, good luck or prosperity.  A “Prosperity Tray” is an 8–sided tray containing:  Pomegranates & Lotus Seeds = Future fertility & prosperity, Grapefruit/Oranges/Tangerines = Wealth & Abundance, Sugarcane = Enticing the Kitchen Goods to say nice things about you, Fish = The word for fish “Yu” sounds the same as the word for “plentiful”, Chicken = A stand-in for the Pheonix bird, which signifies re-birth, Dumplings = Resemble gold nuggets for prosperity, Oysters = Good Business wishes.  A Chinese rice-cake is served to wish you growth & good wishes in the coming years.

 The festival lasts 15 days & the Lantern Festival marks the end of Chinese New Year.  Rooster & Zhong Kui paintings are my Chinese brush paintings.  The photo is a some lucky scrolls to wish you “Kung Hei Fat Choy”  MAY YOUR MILLION WISHES BE FULFILLED!