HIDING IN THE TALL GRASS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2020
It is always pleasant to take a walk on a sunny summer morning. Morning time is typically quiet, especially before the work crowd gets going. Returning from my walk the other day, I spotted a young rabbit in a neighbor’s yard, and it made a peaceful impression on me. Ah, something peaceful and quiet for a change—and a radically different experience away from the turmoil and stress emanating from my computer screen. Thank goodness—I needed that! Inspired, I decided to do another rabbit painting to try and capture that special but brief moment. The design for the rabbit was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. My grass and the composition for this was inspired by Japanese Edo Period painter Tani Buncho’s Grasses and Moon. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.