February 10th is the first day of the Chinese New Year, and 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake.
Snakes are often feared and disliked, but they do have some good qualities.
Here is a family portrait with snake by my husband, Joe Max Emminger.
Snakes are fun to draw. This pen drawing was done by John Coates in 1916.
Snakes move beautifully. This illustration is by Ivan Bilibin.The pattern gives the snake direction and dimension; without it the snake would almost be a blob. Snakes fit into small spaces.This drawing is by Adolf Wolfli who fills up every space.
Snakes survive in harsh environments, and they take care of themselves. Colonial Americans had a flag with the slogan “Don’t tread on me.”. This is my 2006 version.
Here is a poem by Julie Larios which celebrates snakes, dumplings and the street food of Beijing. I illustrated it with cut paper. I painted the paper before creating the paper cut.
So in honor of reptilian virtues let’s welcome the Year of the Snake. Please comment with your thoughts about snakes in life, snakes in art and what the Year of the Snake will bring.