18 January

2″ Round Stickers

Posted in Design, Studio

It’s been a busy year in the Stillwater Studio. We’ve added 2″ round vinyl stickers to the shop – they are absolutely gorgeous!

14 December

Winter

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Working in the studio and making the most of what will be a long Minnesota winter …

14 December

Wall Calendar for 2014

Posted in Design

                  Now that all 12 animals are complete in this series of illustrations I’ve started turning my attention to the next line of cards. For now I will just say that the words and pictures continue to support each other and that this next project has nothing […]

29 November

Chinese New Year and the Emperor’s Race

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There are many versions of this folk story. I am summarizing one that gives the order to the animals in the 12 year cycle. It goes a bit like this …   The Jade Emperor made a decree that the years on the calendar would be named for animals. There could only be twelve animals […]

29 November

Chinese New Year – What Year Are You?

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Have you wondered what animal your birth year identifies with? Perhaps this quick list will help … Rat Years – 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032 Ox Years – 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033 Tiger Years – 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2035 Rabbit Years […]

9 November

Chinese Brush Painting

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                    Chinese Brush painting – shown at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Retained by the artist, Diane Swanson Kleinke                       Early painting by Diane Swanson Kleinke

9 November

Words and Pictures

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There is a wonderful literary tradition in Chinese painting. In our Zodiac series I have paired a proverb with each of the 12 animals of the Chinese New Year, tying the words and pictures together.

26 October

Finally Ready – Complete set of 12 Animals

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It’s been a long wait but the full set of 12 Chinese New Year animals is complete and ready to list in my etsy store as a set of 12 A-7 note cards.