January 31, 2014, marks the beginning of the Year of the Wood Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. This will be a long year, as the lunar Year of the Horse ends February 18, 2015.
To celebrate, we are off to the races with some hand painted horse art from Nepal.
This handsome brown horse was packed in newspaper while newly painted and has a reverse newsprint in the central blue area, which I quite like. The 'Xing' is meant to be read Crossing. This portrait on metal is 12"x15" and hand painted by Sanjib Rana.
French Quarter was a much beloved horse who made a handsome Zen Horse portrait. No newsprint here!
Also by Sanjib Rana, this dark horse with a long grey mane is well set off against a firey background of reds, oranges and yellows.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Horse is a good one for travel - as far and wide as possible. You know I will be going back to Nepal twice more this year, so that is great news.
Again, Sanjib captures a horse having fun turning in a meadow.
This is your year if you were born in 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906. It is said to be a year in which you should move fast!
These portraits would make great gifts for anyone born in these years, but especially for anyone born in the year of the Water Horse (February 15, 1942 to February 4, 1943 and February 12, 2002 to January 31, 2003) as I have many horses playing in the surf.
Shahi did a good job hand painting this white horse. He was originally the image on a joker for a deck of cards.
They say that the Year of the Horse will be a good one for entrepreneurs. I wish you all the best!
Again Sanjib does not disappoint with this handsome horse cavorting in the surf.
We have come to the end!
All of the horses featured on today's blog are currently available, but you can go to the NepalDog.com website to check on pricing and what is new in store.