"Spring Bunny 2010"
3.5" x 2.5"India Ink, Colored Pencil and some White Acrylic
Today I finished my latest miniature ACEO ( a tiny 3.5" x 2.5" painting). The inspiration for this miniature painting came to me while jogging along the quiet country roads of the Berkshires Mountains. Every day or so, my dog and I head out for a 5 mile run (I am training for a 10K race in September to raise money for animal charity). This time of year there are many Cottontail rabbits out along the roads, sometimes hidden in the grass and sometimes darting across the path in front of me. The baby Cottontails often "freeze" in position, probably by instinct in hopes of remaining unseen. I can usually get so close to the little bunny that I can see his tiny white whiskers. There is something about rabbits that has always made my heart swell with happiness. There is such an innocence about them. Innocence, new life, spring, a fresh start... something soft, gentle and novel.
As with many of my miniatures, I'm inspired to bring the viewer to a place out of the ordinary. A place you would only find by really looking into the small world at your feet. Imagine that you were sitting on a tree stump deep in the woods, maybe resting after a brisk walk, and you look down at the tangle of grass by your feet...suddenly you realize that what you thought was a small rock was in fact a tiny bunny! His bright eyes looking forward and the only movement you see is the slight tremble of his fine whiskers
Here are some earlier posts describing the process and each step of this miniature:
Here is a slide show of each step in the creative process for "Spring Bunny 2010".