Happy Valentines Day and Chinese New Year! This is my year so to speak, Year of the Tiger. Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. According to Chinese astrology, a person’s destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person’s birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person’t time of birth and Zodiac sign. The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year and why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year
falls on a different date each year. Today marks the start of Year of the Tiger! Here is a link to find out what your Chinese animal sign is.
While the new clay pieces are drying on the racks, it was a week of full on metal production, plasma cutting and welding Valentine gifts for special orders and finish painting several new metal
sculptures for Fireweed Gallery in Homer. I’ll be shipping these new floral and octopus pieces along with several other works to Homer this week. It’s a sweet shipping set up using The Stage Line, transportation to the entire Kenai Peninsula, allowing me to pack an entire bicycle box that is conveniently driven down to Homer for about $45. Sweet son Will took the above picture of me painting in the studio because I was too swamped to go out to lunch with him so we ordered in. I’d like to fire a bisque load tomorrow and have room to glaze, so my plan is to get all of the metal sculptures boxed and shipped to make room for the clay tiles and trays Tuesday. In the meantime, there’s lot’s of Valentine Day kissin', lovin' and huggin' goin' on here in the original Girdwood Love Shack!
The B-52's Love Shack was our wedding song -Bang-Bang Baby!