Sometimes your inspiration can be directly traced to a specific event or object. For instance:
The evil rabbit growth chart my mom embroidered for me. I’m sure she didn’t think it was evil. But those eyes freaked me out. A lot.
Could you sleep with this looking at you every night?
And yet, somehow I managed to grow up and be a fairly normal member of society.
Then I started making my own rabbit art.
Good Bunny I 2007 Bic ballpoint on drawing paper
Good Bunny II 2007 Bic ballpoint on drawing paper
Good Bunny III Bic ballpoint on drawing paper (my favorite of the bunny drawings, don’t tell the others)
Good Bunny III, detail
Good Bunny IV, still in process. Machine embroidery, beads and sequins
Good Bunny IV, detail
Macgregor’s Bunny, mosaic on repurposed name tag
Mad Hatter’s Rabbit, photo copy of Bic ballpoint drawing, colored with watercolor and colored pencil
Concept sketch for rabbit embroidery
Down the Rabbit Hole 2009 16” x 19”
Queen of Hearts 2010 18” x 18”
Waiting for Harvest 2007 Bead embroidery on Peltex heavy duty interfacing
Bunny Pierrot II 2010, acrylic on canvas
Clara Bunny 2007 Machine embroidery, stuffed plush
And suddenly Mr. Growth Chart didn’t seem so bad after all. Look at all the work he inspired!