Baby Bunny Hop-a-Long
April 18, 2015 Blog Post
In the winter, I miss flowers and green leaves. So in early 2015 I painted some!
The inspirations for my three newest paintings came from friendly people in my small town.
1. In April 2002 Dan and Carol Snyder naturalized part of their lawn with daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. I treasure the photos I took of it, on an overcast afternoon using my Canon Élan II camera (film).
2. In April 2014, Samantha Chadwick let me take photos of the adorable bunnies that she raises. Then only three weeks old, the Holland Lop and Dutch rabbits were like sleepy babies, yet capable of sudden bursts of speed. For their safety, I took photos indoors near a large window. Having fur soft as buttery silk, the bunnies liked to huddle together. All of the rabbit poses come from my own photos. Below, you can see a reference photo beside the oil painting.
3. Amanda Hall took the photo of the oil painting.
Here is one of the reference photo for the art “Spring Awakens,” taken by Nancy Lee Moran in April 2014 with a digital Canon PowerShot SD940, inside my home near a large window. As the ears of Holland Lop rabbits grow longer, they begin to droop beside the cheeks. These babies have “airplane” ears, halfway up and halfway down, such a cute stage of growth. Each Miniature-Lop was smaller than my hand. Known for mild temperaments, Holland Lop rabbits are popular as house pets and as competitive show animals.
I painted “Bunnies in the Blooms” (below) from photos of the Angelique tulips growing in my garden. I changed the flower colors. To me, the entwining tulip leaves seemed like a musical composition by Nature. I stayed true to it in my painting, adding two rabbits nestled therein.
In May 2015 I received one yard of my fabric-design on “Cotton Lawn Ultra” fabric from Spoonflower. Excellent printing by Spoonflower! I took this photo in natural light by a window. At the top I placed the two oil paintings that I used to create the design. The yard of fabric is draped behind and below the paintings. 12.5 inches border repeat, 4.25 inches stripe repeat, 300dpi . . . border is about 9 inches high in this size.