From my You are Worthy drawing series inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts, this chipmunk is celebrating a successful castle storming by tearing into a red kuri squash. You can see the story in the border. The chipmunk king looks out of his castle in fear as the peasants revolt, carrying their battering ram to cross the moat and knock down the door. Squash blossoms flow out of the castle but wither and die since the king is not sharing. Luckily the chipmunks have a guardian angel who brings new life and abundance to the scurry. Yes, that is what a group of chipmunks is called.
This piece measures 15 by 15 inches. The central image is colored pencil on decorative paper, and the border is colored pencil on tinted pastel paper. Gold ink has also been used throughout. The central image has been lightly glued within the border.
About the You are Worthy series: Each of these eight colored pencil drawings is inspired by medieval manuscript illumination and the struggle of medieval people. I tried to depict many different aspects of medieval life and society, including kingship, peasant revolts, famines, jousting, courtly love, monastic life, artistic life, and the plight of women. Gourds have long been vegetables associated with abundance, and rodents are generally seen as lowly creatures. In combining these two elements I aim to show that no matter how lowly one is they deserve abundance. Medieval life in particular was extremely harsh, even for kings, and few people living then thought they deserved much of anything. The gap between the haves and the have nots was extremely wide, making true abundance out of reach for most. I see the same thing happening again in my own country today. That's why I felt putting out this message was important. We are all worthy of abundance. He is worthy, she is worthy, they are worthy, you are worthy.
Of course abundance isn't just money. Don't treat yourself like a mouse. You also deserve love, health, friendship, and happiness.