January Hedge a gram
Several years ago, I
needed chicken models for one of my books. The day old chicks I brought home
from the feed store soon became beloved pets. They were happy to pose for me on
my art desk. They amused me, and I amused them. They lay eggs and talk to me in
their language. So far I can understand when they say, "I laid an
egg.", "How dare you!", "Danger!", "Wow, here's a
yummy treat.", and "Everything is right with the world." After
all this fun with the hens, I received another little present, a new book idea,
Daisy Comes Home.
I'm eager to see how long it takes for readers to see the animals hidden in the folds of the mountains. You can find the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
Each painting is signed with a seal that says, "Jan" in Chinese characters. It is the most beautiful color red, and it was carved for me in stone when I visited Guilin. Mysteriously, the top part looks like chicken foot prints!
Daisy Comes Home is about standing up for yourself when looked at from the hen's point of view, and about loyalty when told from the little girl, Mei-Mei's perspective.
I hope my new book reflects the feelings of discovery and affection I felt toward Chinese culture too!
Bye for now, Happy New Year!