|Fast Enought, 2023, 7" X 8" E.V.-edition size is 60 on sized Japanese machine-made washi.|
Are you fast enough?
I wasn't planning on making a Chinese zodiac card this year.
But I started drawing rabbits, and hares, and more rabbits, until I filled a few pages of sketchbooks with running, jumping, grazing and flying "Thumpers". I had wanted to create a busy background full of jerky marks of grass or reeds whizzing by-but the rabbits couldn't decide if they wanted to be white rabbits on a dark ground, or brown rabbits on a green field- and each time I tried to go one way, the rabbits would run back in the other direction. So my white rabbits kept getting beige fur and black ear and tail highlights, and the brown rabbit was never really dark or real enough.
But then I remembered it was the year of the WATER rabbit. And that sort of made the background obvious.
When almost every other animal you meet wants to eat or hurt you, it's no surprise that running away is the most natural response to almost any stimulus. But the hares of our fields first do their best not to get noticed. They blend in to the tall grass and branches, and hunker down, immobile, and are almost impossible to see. But if you get too close, or startle them with a brusque movement or noise, they will explode from almost underfoot, and rocket away, zig-zagging across the field and will cross a long distance before they will glance back to make sure they're not being followed. I will never walk on water, but trying not to be noticed, or running away at the first sign from real or imagined conflict, are habits I recognize.
The format was driven by my participation in the BarenForums latest exchange (91). The paper size is 7" X 8" and 20 copies went to that print exchange.
|The streaking at the top, is from a little too much size-the glue and alum that I added to the paper.|