Thursday, March 26, 2009

Make Me Chocolate!

If you haven't heard of the "Make Mine Chocolate™" campaign, it is a movement started by the Columbus House Rabbit Society, a non-profit rabbit rescue in Ohio. The goal is to help educate the public that rabbits make terrible Easter gifts.

Sadly, rabbits are the third animal, behind cats and dogs, that are surrendered to animal shelters. Many are also "set free" after the Holiday, where they face death and injury from starvation, predation and roads. Rabbits can live ten years or more, and require as much work as a cat or dog. They should be spayed or neutered for the best health, need room to run around every day and must have a quality diet to thrive.

This Easter, I encourage everyone to think before you buy. If you still want a rabbit and are ready for the commitment, consider adopting one from your local animal shelter or rescue organization.

For more information on caring for rabbits, visit
The House Rabbit Society

A WA state rabbit rescue
Rabbit Haven

More on the campaign
Make Mine Chocolate
and the UK version
Make Mine Chocolate UK

The Humane Society of the US

I donate the sale of artwork to various animal rescue organizations in my Etsy shop- including the painting above- just click the "For the Animals" Section.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oni, Moonlit

A little video of my sculpture coming to life.

Friday, March 6, 2009

A break for Sculpture

...Or as Monty Python says, and now for something completely different.

Sometimes when I get really involved in a project, it's good to step back and do something completely different. This is especially the case with the Rabbit Tarot, which seems to grow exponentially the more I work on it. I am really enjoying coming up with a new design for each of the 78 cards, but that's a lot of bunnies to paint and I don't want to burn out.

Hence the break to make the above sculpture, the Rabbit Demon. I purposefully made the eyes of this odd bunny like the demons (Oni) you can see in Japanese woodblock prints- each pupil is a bit wide so that they don't seem quite focused on one spot. I made use of a lot of recycled materials on this piece, old fabric, a paintbrush chewed by my dog Meimei, and string and ribbon I am constantly saving. The head moves from side to side and up and down on this hanging sculpture, but this is a protective bunny- he keeps an eye on the evil spirits and hopefully scares them away.

There was a lot of work on this one with some setbacks. The polyclay almost burned because I can't read the temperature gauge on my ancient stove, the rabbit's skin had to be hand sewn on him, and the balance of the neck took forever to get just right. But I am pretty happy with the final result.