Monthly Archives: February 2024

Sunday Class January Update

No class this month but since we are about to have the year of the dragon, some information about dragons

Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year 2024 is a Year of the Dragon, more specifically, Wood Dragon. Chinese New Year 2024 will fall on Saturday, February 10th, 2024.

2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. Dragon is the 5th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs, coming after the Rabbit and before the Snake. The next Dragon year in 2036 (the Year of the Fire Dragon). Dragons are associated with the earthly branch symbol chen. 

Dragons are powerful, endlessly energetic and full of vitality, goal-oriented yet idealistic and romantic, and a visionary leader. They know exactly who they are and possess the keenest sense of self among the 12 zodiacs of Chinese astrology. 

Dragons present themselves as magnificent yet benevolent rulers who’re confident, generous, idealistic, and ambitious. In Chinese culture, these mythical creatures are in a class of their own, regarded as the givers of abundance and longevity.

Dragon’s confidence is neither false nor empty, as they hold lofty ideals they’re striving toward— usually for the benefit of their community instead of themselves. They are independent thinkers who’ll never yield their highest conviction.

Dragons are wise and adventurous and, at times, temperamental and impulsive. They’ll be loved and admired by many but find it difficult to return such affection. This will be one of Dragon’s most important lessons.

Wood Dragons very popular and move in different social circles, but because of their fiery temper, Wood Dragons may not be as lucky or auspicious in their intimate relationships. . They are blessed with the ability to make good use of their environment and have an intuitive sense of timing. 

If you were born in January or February, pay special attention to when the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) begins since you may be the previous year’s animal!

Have a very happy, healthy and successful year of the dragon!

Sunday Class December Update

This month we were looking at winter landscapes specifically those by artists Kang Kai and Mao Binzhi

Mao Binzhi

Kang Kai

The key thing to remember is everything is reversed – sky and water dark – land light. Kang Kai’s work was very different from what we have looked at before. He paints his landscape and then adds white paint for his snow. Northern School Xeiyi normally just leave blank paper for snow. The effect is very different.

Jean Gray

Sarah Turner

Malcolm Gowlett

Marion Dearlove

Rose Meach

Rose Meach