When I paint I often start with an idea and it turns into something completely different. My hand takes control and I just watch the image unfold before my eyes. It's a magical process because it is a message that comes from something much more creative than me. It is a gift that I get to communicate. I took several pottery classes when I was younger and the part I loved most was seeing what colors my pots turned from the glaze after they were fired in the kiln. The glazes never looked the same as the color they appeared when I painted it on. The colors always turned out much more vibrant and sometimes altogether different, yet better than I could have planned if I tried. You know when you take a handful of dry gray rocks at the beach and put them under water you can see the intricate details and speckles of color? It's kind of like that. This idea of a painting in my head is rather dull, but once I let go, the magic can come out and breathe life into the piece.
Standing back and looking at this completed piece made me think of a lot of things. The colors were playful, kind, soft, yet the mood was a little eerie. Where were the bunnies going? What was on the other side of the mountain and did they even know? It seems like they must have put a lot of trust into the leader as they followed into the unknown.
I'll leave you with this beautiful quote by Madeline L'Engle.
"If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys."
― Madeleine L'Engle
My original painting measures 2' x 2' and is available for purchase on my Etsy