Art and Positive Thinking

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My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Positively Buttercup

Positively Buttercup is a series of bunny pictures that I started during Easter, using Paper 53. I began with a solid black background and modified the picture many times. I actually forgot that I started the bunny picture, so I am glad that I found it and then was able to try different tools to get different looks.

Buttercup was an all white rabbit that we had about 17 years ago. We thought he was a girl and called her Buttercup after a favourite rabbit from a children's farm picture book. When we took her to our vet, we discovered that she was a he. We kept the name Buttercup, sort of like in the song, "A Boy Named Sue".

We kept Buttercup in the house until he chewed the chord to our answering machine and he grew too large to be happy in his small cage. We often let him roam around under the trees to trim the grass. After awhile, his courage grew and he would hop away on us and became very hard to catch, so we put the top of his cage over him with a rock on top of it. He was strong and would dig under the cage and lift it up to escape. We were worried about him getting caught by our dog or a coyote, or hopping away onto the highway, so he couldn't be a free range bunny.

His favourite food was clover, carrots and dandelions. Dandelions are an easily accessible food here on the prairies. We live next to an irrigation canal, where dandelion seeds tend to enjoy floating downstream and resting in our hay field, grass and flower beds.

 Buttercup lived about three years, longer than most bunnies. He is buried in an area where the grass grows high and dandelions like to grow large. My husband made a cross out of corral wood to help us remember the happy times we had with him.

We were also grateful for him chewing the answering machine cable, we were tired of people leaving grumpy messages about stray dogs (one of my husband's many assignments as an Agronomist was being the bylaw officer/dog catcher/rat man). It probably took us about 10 years till we replaced the answering machine!

This art is in remembrance of our times with Buttercup!







8 comments:

  1. I LOVE Buttercup! Beautiful works of art Renee! The progression to the final piece is wonderful to see. Your images of Buttercup remind me of our favourite book "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney!

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    1. That is one of my favourite books too! I still say to my son, " I love you to the moon and back!" and he is fifteen! Heehee!

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  2. We used to have a bunny -- named Bunny. She and our cat were great friends. But unfortunately, she chewed through every wire we had. When we moved, we found a new home for her, where she lived happily. I love your homage to Buttercup, and the memories it brought back to me of Bunny!

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    1. The power of technology, social media and art is very strong in helping us remember and helping others isn't it?

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  3. I am glad you are liking orange now .... and I must say I like your blue rabbits - love the fantasy and magic.
    I had a pet bunny too - named Snowy. She had a baby called Thumper:)

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    1. Welcome to my blog, I am excited that you decided to stay and visit!

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  4. such a charming piece! nice way to remember a fond friend!

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