|YuYang Garden Dragon, 250 x160mm Pen & ink, ©Sue Pownall 2012|
I was born in the year of the dragon, which makes me 12 or 24, so I had to post something to mark the beginning of an auspicious year.
I found an interesting Chinese website, About Sichuan China, which said that
"In Chinese astrology the dragon person born under this Chinese Zodiac sign tends to be a "doer" – they do things and achieve power by getting things done. A dragon can breathe out fire so the person born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon can be a hothead. Watch out if you make them angry! However, the dragon has a soft underbelly and so in Chinese astrology the dragon person born in this Chinese Zodiac year has a "soft spot" to them. They may get angry at someone who annoys them but they also show great compassion to people in need. A dragon has a long tongue which is often seen. So in Chinese astrology the dragon person born in this Chinese Zodiac year has a sharp tongue – they will say things that can be quite sarcastic and biting. The person born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon can be quite a confronting person but if you can reach their "soft heart" they are worthwhile allies."hmm sounds a lot like me.
Some trivia about dragons from squidoo.com/2012yearofthedragon
My friend Sherry, who is currently in Singapore, and Michelle Fabio, the amazing writer who blogs at Bleeding Expresso. Also, Isabella Rossellini, such a beautiful, talented lady, and the hardworking Reese Witherspoon were born in the year of the dragon.
"It can be expected that the 2012 Year of Dragon would be a happy and joyful one especially for the Dragon people. It is also believed that the Dragon Year 2012 would bring for all of us good luck and charm." 2012 year-of-dragon
"So what does 2012 hold for a person born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon? Such people such double their efforts in whatever they do - work, education and other projects. Their natural talent and abilities should stand out with great results. However, watch out for that temper! Keep it in check and do not spoil your good work." About Sichuan China
OOps forgot to say about the illustration. This is from my favourite garden in the world, YuYang in Shanghai. I went there in 2001 and want to go back with my sketchbook for a whole week. There was a place nearby which made the best steamed wonton too, which was worth at trip in itself.