Kung Hei Fat Choy! As is my custom here at Feng Shui By Fishgirl, each Chinese New Year I feature the art of my dear friend Po Ping T’so Lo in Hong Kong. This year Po has deftly captured the Year of the Dog (maybe because the two adorable pups in the painting are portraits of her own pets). Gratitude to this wonderful artist and friend for giving me permission to publish her artwork.
Every cliche you hear about actual dogs– loyalty, honesty, doggedness, helpful and steadfast friend, playful nature, good appetite, intelligence, protective of loved ones, unconditional love– is true for people born under this sign, too.
Whatever you sign, may you find true love, true health, and true luck in the Year of the Dog!
Copyright Po Ping T’so Lo 2018
It’s become a tradition at Feng Shui By Fishgirl to showcase the Chinese New Year art work of my dear friend PoPing Lo We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey in 2016 and I think this particular PoPing illustration is wonderful. I thank the artist for allowing me to share it with my readers:
(May not be used or copied commercially without the permission of ©Po Ping T’so Lo.)
Here’s a little bit of what you can expect of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey (February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017.):
Although monkeys like to congregate in groups, success will come to those who break out from the pack and take risks that others won’t. This year it’s about individual efforts and putting action (the element of fire!) behind your wildest ideas. Innovation + Perspiration= Wealth this year more than ever.
Beware also the Tricksters in a Monkey Year. You know who they are. Deceitful people who charm you completely…then play you. They have one eye on your banana so they can grab it after misdirecting your attention to something unimportant. The message? Protect your bananas!
Ever hear of that saying “Not my monkey, not my circus”? This year is everybody’s monkey. Energy will be frenetic. Like a monkey jumping all around and swinging tree to tree and back again. It will be useful to become grounded in health and spiritual routine. Take time out for yourself and be still each day. There is an unpredictability to the world in a Monkey Year which makes it important to have something in your local personal sphere that is stable. For example, if you’ve recently moved, don’t delay in unpacking and getting your home feng shui foundation stabilized. If you have let your exercise and diet go, try to get back into the groove again because there will be a lot of stress in a Monkey Year.
Happy #CNY2016 everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choi!
I’ve talked before about how symbols hold the energy of ideas and items that they represent. In the practice of feng shui it is important to utilize positive symbols to activate good ch’i (energy). Following colors and symbols that naturally belong in the feng shui bagua is one system of doing this. Incorporating these –and also identifying your own mythology of positive symbols–can be a powerful validation and reinforcement of good energy.
I was recently commissioned to do exactly that in this wedding gift to a young couple starting out. It’s a very large piece, 5 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall. This mixed media painting utilizes images and colors, dates and personal mantras that represent the bond between the two lovers. I am available to create personal feng shui portraits on request. Please contact Feng Shui By Fishgirl for more information.
Kung hei fat choy!
Once again my artist friend Po Ping has captured the essence of 2013 Chinese New Year with her wonderful painting to help all my readers celebrate the Year of the Snake. Showing Po’s CNY paintings has beome a tradition at Feng Shui By Fishgirl.
Snake energy has lots to teach us if we let it. Slinky, clever, mysterious snake energy. Happy new year!
Jonathon Borofsky “Dancers” in Denver
The Denver Performing Arts Center has this sculpture of two stick figures dancing in front of it. They remind me of Steven Spielberg aliens. What do you think? Like or dislike? Of course, whenever you have public art you almost always have controversy. One man’s trash is another man ‘s treasure.
This art piece by Beth Derbyshire may or may not float your boat. She calls it the rootless forest and essentially it’s a reclaimed barge filled with trees that travels up and down a canal. We once had a turtle living in our canoe. And here in Maine you’ll often see creative people turning all sorts of things into planters (old ski boots, toilets, woodstoves, to name a few). Is it art? Is it fun? Is it fun shui?
How’s this for brilliant: an artist proposes to the city of New York that he move the iconic statue of Columbus into a high end apartment overlooking Central Park and install it on a coffee table. Invite in the public and the press and you’ve got yourself a helluva marketing coup for the artist Tatsu Nishi of Japan. Read about “Discovering Columbus” here at the NY Daily News. The apartment as art installation is genius. As feng shui home, not so much. We know scale is important to feng shui health and comfort. Most of us would not be happy in a home with ceilings six stories high and a giant stone figure staring down at us. The feeling you get here would be that the statue is always in the Command Position instead of you. So be careful in your choice of art and accessories…but be daring in your dreaming of art projects that can propel you into the media spotlight!
When coming up with ad campaigns, don’t restrict yourself–be creative! It’s good feng shui 🙂
I couldn’t resist sharing these fab tree house pics with you from my files. I’m not sure where I collected them from so if you can identify them, please add to the comments section. Hobbits have wonderful feng shui and spending time in a treehouse really does LIFT your spirits to the treetops! Enjoy.