There is a Jewish custom that follows the command to count the days between Passover and Pentecost, known as counting of the Omer.
““Speak to Bnei-Yisrael and tell them: When you have come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you are to bring the omer of the firstfruits of your harvest to the kohen. He is to wave the omer before ADONAI, to be accepted for you. On the morrow after the Shabbat, the kohen is to wave it.” Leviticus 23:10-11 TLV
““Then you are to count from the morrow after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the omer of the wave offering, seven complete Shabbatot. Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat you are to count fifty days, and then present a new grain offering to ADONAI.” Leviticus 23:15-16 TLV
The lamb is mentioned many times in Tanak (Old Testament), mostly in reference to its role in the peace offering, sin offering and the Passover festival.
“If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, you are to offer a male without defect.” Leviticus 1:10 NIV
By the time of the B’rit hadashah (New Testament) the lamb takes on very strong symbolic meaning, even as a name.
“They will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them—because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.” The Revelation 17:14 TLV
A citron has several significant appearances in Judaism – the Four Species (arba minim in Hebrew) includes a citron held with three different branches during the holy days of Sukkot; the Israeli movie Ushpizin brought to light the power of a citron to bless a family with a son.
Let it be noted that a fascinating series of transformations occurred after the caterpillar pitched himself and before this stage of the chrysalis – and I intend to draw them — but will probably put them to their own page with a link to view it.
In the last two images I brought out a charcoal pencil and eraser for the black areas. Not only do I mix my media but I take a departure from simply representing the image to interpreting it in a way that isn’t too abstract, just playful.