Monday, March 29, 2010

The Rabbit In The Moon

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photograph by Albert Watson

Rabbits and the moon, now that’s a nice combination. There’s a little story about this combo to read below. Or better still get somebody to read it to you while you loll about. But first I want to show you a painting of Mr Rabbit that I’ve made this week. No not the one above, I'm not at that stage yet, the one below. It fits nicely I think with the Three Muses Challenge for this week - You are what you eat. Chosen for a couple of reasons. One because strangely, as I get older, my shape is moving more towards a rabbit one, and two I’m mostly vegetarian. I say mostly because I am vegetarian except when I visit my Mother who believes that if you don’t have meat or chicken it’s not a proper meal. I love her so I eat.

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Yes we have another incognito character. It didn’t start out that way. Mr Rabbit had eyes, but his eyes looked scarey, so the idea of the sunglasses seemed an easy solution. Mr Rabbit doesn’t have the glam of Miss Redhead but he knows he’s bigger. Gosh he was hard work tho. I’d paint in the black lines, then I’d have to repair with white, then the white would be crooked so I’d have to repair with the black. And on and on it went. Hour after hour. Simple things aren’t always the easiest are they?

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photograph via deviantart

And now for your little bedtime story. Once upon a time, the Old-Man-of-the-Moon looked down into a big forest on the earth. He saw a rabbit and a monkey and a fox all living there together in the forest as very good friends."Now, I wonder which of them is the kindest," he said to himself. "I think I'll go down and see." So the old man changed himself into a beggar and came down from the moon to the forest where the three animals were. "Please help me," he said to them. "I'm very hungry." "Oh! What a poor old beggar!" they said, and then they went hurrying off to find some food for the beggar. The monkey brought a lot of fruit. And the fox caught a big fish. But the rabbit couldn't find anything at all to bring. "Oh my! oh my! what shall I do?" the rabbit cried. But just then he got an idea. "Please, Mr. Monkey," the rabbit said, "you gather some firewood for me. And you, Mr. Fox, please make a big fire with the wood." They did as the rabbit asked, and when the fire was burning very brightly, the rabbit said to the beggar: "I don't have anything to give you. So I'll put myself in this fire, and then when I'm cooked you can eat me." The rabbit was about to jump into the fire and cook himself. But just then the beggar suddenly changed himself back into the Old-Man-of-the-Moon. "You are very kind, Mr. Rabbit," the Old Man said. "But you should never do anything to harm yourself. Since you are the kindest, of all, I'll take you home to live with me." Then the Old-Man-of-the-Moon took the rabbit in his arms and carried him up to the moon. Just look and see! If you look carefully at the moon when it is shining brightly, you can still see the rabbit there where the Old Man put him so very long ago.

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photograph at Tucson AZ

I’m heading off for a week or so over Easter so it’ll be a bit quiet around here until I return. I hope you all have a happy holiday. I appreciate you so very much. When I think of blogging I’m overcome with warm loving supportive feelings. Thank you all.

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38 comments:

grrl + dog said...

For the line work -

cheat with a good quality sharpie marker. Much easier to control!

Rose said...

That very first painting is a little scary for some reason.
But I love those photos of the model with that big white bunny! so cute!
I love how you say your vegetarian except when you visit your mother...things we do :)

Rose

Jeana Marie said...

Your rabbit looks very cool in sunnies, he does! Thank you for the bedtime story :)

Have a very wonderful holiday..Happy Easter to you and yours.
xo,
Jeana

Yvonne said...

Love, love it all!

Equipoise said...

My Zoe loves rabbits so I'm totally going to show her this post. Rabbits with sunglasses are awesome and I loved the story. I'll have to remember it so I can tell it to Zoe since she also loves the moon. :) Happy Easter Holiday!

SoCalWendie said...

Have a very Hoppy Easter, I know, I know, but I just couldnt resist lol >:P

jeannette said...

I love the story and all your rabbits, but even though you spent hours on painting the, the last pic takes the cake! Have a good week of vacation -I'm going away myself, but only for the weekend. Have a good one!

Sunny Haralson said...

these image collages you do with the stories are esquisite(did I spell that right) really, really beautiful.

Snowbrush said...

I enjoyed the story about the moon and the rabbit, although I daresay that not just any rabbit would have been so charitable.

I was the first vegetarian I knew when I became one in 1983 or so. In fact, I was the only one I ever knew while living in Mississippi. Because a large part of my reason for becoming a vegetarian was a reluctance to inflict suffering upon animals, I couldn't very well have eaten them out of love for another person.

elsiee said...

what an enchanting story... Happy Easter Week friend!

Hot Fudge said...

I spent a considerable amount of time staring at the moon image in the hope it may be one of those magic eye puzzles. Nup - didn't work - the rabbit remains elusive. Love all your other bunnies, particularly the last one.

Have a wonderful Easter break.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hello my dear Chrisy! First off, your new giveaway pic is so cute and funny! I couldn't stop from giggling. Another magical post from you, my friend. Your new painting is fabulous! I'm so enjoying your incognito characters. Your hard work really paid off. He turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing your sweet bedtime story! I loved it. Wishing you a very special Easter Holiday sweetie! You will be missed. Thanks for blessing me with your loving friendship! :)

Faye said...

Neat entry. Have a great holiday.

susan said so said...

I can't see the rabbit in the moon, either! But I love the story, and your painting. Real bunnies, though? They make me nervous - they're so unpredictable!!

xox,
Susan

Daphne said...

Such an enchanting story!
Youre rabbit looks super, i cannot paint at all, so this is wow for me!

The Stapelia Company said...

Big, soft, white bunnies?! Love them. And I love rabbit masks for some reason as well. :)

cabin + cub said...

Love Mr. Rabbit! Great painting.
And those fluffy ones in those photos are so darn cute... I want one!

Shelle said...

what great artwork....who would think just a pair of sunglasses would be such a task! I've deleted two digitals the past 2 days when they were almost finished and had to start again. ugh!

flossy-p said...

Have a wonderful Easter holiday! :D

p.s. thanks so much for promoting my mural animation on your facebook!

Allegra Smith said...

Hello dear Chrisy,

Love your story about the bunny who was taken to the Moon. When I am up and about I will take a photo of another rabbit and post it just for you. There is also a story about that bunny who lives there, but a very different one. It was given to me by my Grandfather and it began my collection of rabbits that fortunately has stopped where it is now.

But your Bunny Incognito is wonderful. Have fun this week and looking forward to seeing you again soon. Hugs from here.

Couture Carrie said...

I love bunnies!
Happy Easter, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Ozstuff said...

Superb artwork, wonderful story telling and a scintillating blog. Fantastic!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your blog is such a pleasure to visit-- Always fresh and interesting with great photos! Thanks a million.

Enjoy your vacation!
jj

Sunny Haralson said...

Chrisy-you won the dress on my site-email me so we can talk about color/size,
awesome,
S

Snowbrush said...

Hey, kiddo, are you still off having fun? Enough of that already!

Click said...

Lovely Bunny =))

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