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January 28, 2011

Inspiration: The Year of the Rabbit

Battle by Ryohei Hase

Ryohei Hase, Battle

THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac. The year begins on February 3, 2011 and represents the 4th year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. This animal system is used as a means of numbering days and years and is important in astrology and fortune telling, not just in China but also in other East Asian nations like Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Each year is influenced by whatever animal it falls in. The Year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family, artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. It is an easygoing, positive and inspiring year, giving us time to catch our breath after the ferocious Year of the Tiger. If last year’s emphasis was on excitement, it is now on harmony. This is also a year of good taste and refinement with great chance of wealth and success. With the Year of the Rabbit just days away, I thought it fitting to kick it off with some of my favorite rabbit art!

Snow White by Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden, Snow White, 1997

Casualty by Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell, Casualty, 2009

Go Forward by Ryohei Hase

Ryohei Hase, Go Forward and Forward (Repetition)

Corridor Signs by Masaru Shichinohe

Masaru Shichinohe, Corridor Signs, 2004

Fiero Animals_wolf hare_wallpaper

Fiero Animals, Wolf Hare (detail)

Young Miss Bunny by Travis Louie

Travis Louie, Young Miss Bunny

Hare by Scott Radke

Scott Radke, Hare, 2010

Snow Angel by Chris Berens

Chris Berens, Snow Angel, 2007

Without Their Arms... by Herakut

Herakut, Without their arms they were sisters

Have a great and prosperous new year everyone!!

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