Wednesday, May 27, 2009

All About Rabbits

Rabbit Sketch by Lori Levin
"Flee Bunny Flee"
sketch in moleskine

Sometimes Bunny Brave just has to flee. Maybe the danger isn't clear or even present but a smart bunny follows his instinct. The trees watch his escape, unmoving. They know that tomorrow Bunny Brave will return.

Bunny Brave now lives in full color. I just finished three paintings based off of these sketches. I am consumed by the small animal world around my studio.

It has been mentioned to me in the past that the animals I draw and paint look pensive, serious and rarely joyful. Though I do believe animals experience happiness, I focus on what I see in their eyes in terms of survival. I see it in humans as well. Only when we recognize it in each other do we have a sense of compassion. I create keeping that message in mind. So if you are looking for happy trees and paintings of light, go check out the Thomas Kinkade galleries. That is understandable. If you want to feel something deeper, visit Soulful Studios during the Arts in Bloom tour of studios. I will be here to share my work with you on Saturday May 30th from 10-5 and on Sunday the 31st from 12-5. Another fine artist with an important message as he is preserving our rural heritage is Alex Alampi. His studio will be open and is only 1 mile from mine so you can truly enjoy a special day.

Stay tuned for the horse portrait and the full color versions of Bunny Brave.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birds and Rabbits

rabbit sketch by Lori Levin
"Bunny Brave Looks to Home"
graphite sketch in moleskine

Sometimes Bunny Brave knows he must go but remains still all the same. The sun sets through the trees inviting him home into the glow and splendor. Yet, even with a destination so beautiful, the journey can still be frightening.

I know, I know, you are waiting to see the horse portrait. Well, if it weren't for the wonderful sightings of an Indigo Bunting again and a Bluebird, all in one day, I would have photographed my progress to share. Sometimes my birds are a priority. They feed my work. That's how I stay soulful at Soulful Studios.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My World According to the Rabbit

rabbit sketch by Lori Levin
"Bunny Brave"
graphite sketch in moleskine

As the sun sets Bunny Brave gets in his evening meal. He senses me near but only keeps track with one ear. The world is so big and the journey long but Bunny Brave continues on. This is the way life goes in the big backyard.

Updates on the horse portrait and Arts in Bloom Open House at Soulful Studios next post.