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.