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Groundhog Day by moyan Groundhog Day by moyan
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chinese ink painting on rice paper.

gift art for `MSJames, based on:

Feb 3rd

rain, snow
rain, snow
only the groundhog knows

selected from his haikuwrimo winter 2009 set.

translated into japanese by me:

雨と雪また雨と雪ブタ任せ
ame to yuki mata ame to yuki buta makase

Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.

i chose to translate groundhog as pig as it somehow looked like one (or else it wouldn't be named a 'hog' ). we leave it to the ' pigs' to decide the weather.
this haiku was written in a period of time when swine flu raged, so it probably sounded a little ominous.

also in japanese buta sounds a little like 'buddha'. is this lowly animal also some kind of a god?

paper texture by `hibbary.

the same ink painting was also posted in my haiku account on may 8. 2009.

by#dALinkSystem. take a look at this cutie pie, acrylic on wood panel, One Bite by ~HenrySchreiber:

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:iconbawathor:
bawathor Jun 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Awesome technique <3
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:icontheedarksoul:
ThEEdarKSouL Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg om omg omg omg omg omg ;3;



i will now name mr. groundhog .3.


this is very cute :3
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Jun 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Very lovely.
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:iconsomnomollior:
Lovely texture and colours.
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:iconskie-balloon:
skie-balloon Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is one hot groundhog.
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Axel230 Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Groundhog! It came out amazing :D
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:iconimith88:
Ohh very nice right when I saw this I knew this was Chinese art. This came out really nice, I heard rice paper is different to work with, great job.
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:icon23-inches:
is rice paper hard to work with?
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:iconmoyan:
moyan May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is a very unexpected paper to work with. You won't know the final outcome till everything is dried. Super fun.
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:iconasukasatochi:
that's a great effect^^
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