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Nov 3, 2007

ACEO, Original, Collage, Moon and Rabbit

I just finished this Moon and Rabbit Aceo.

Moon, blades of grass, Rabbit: Japanese watercolor and acrylic on rice paper
Support: gessoed watercolor paper (140lb)

In Japan, red is a lucky colour and the rabbit is a lucky animal. Americans see the Man in the Moon; The Japanese see a rabbit pounding mochi (rice cakes).

I have never had a rabbit, but I have read the book "Watership Down" by Richard Adams twice. The novel covers the adventures of a group of rabbits. It is very well written, and as I read, I forget that I am reading about rabbits.

I recently found out about a children's story called "The Velveteen Rabbit" By Margery Williams. One quote from this book:

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."


SecretMe said...

this is lovely!

Kate said...

My favorite part of the Velveteen Rabbit! I have never read Watership Down, I think I may have to now. :) Great post and ACEO!

Krazy Kate Designs said...

very beautiful!

Victoria said...

I read this book to both of my children as they were growing up, this was and remains my favorite passage from the book. Thank you for the reminder.

Gallery Juana said...

Secretme, Kate, KrazyKate, and Victoria, thanks for all your lovely comments.

chris said...

what a beautiful post and ACEO!

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