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Year of the Rat 2020

Fancy Feast

Double Trouble

Worth Your Weight in Cherries

In the Chinese calendar, January 25, 2020 is the Lunar New Year and the zodiac symbol for this year is the Rat.  Unlike in Western cultures, in Chinese astrology/mythology, the Rat is a good guy.  Rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.  Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

Ok, I still hate rats!  So, I commemorated the Lunar New Year with some cute mice.  Here are three small ink paintings.  “Worth Your Weight in Cherries” is based on a painting by the world-famous modern Chinese artist Qi Baishi, who is my absolute favorite Asian painter.