Bunny Balloon

Having fun again following Juliette Crane’s Serendipity I classes! Today sharing a painting from the next unit, “Finding More Freedom” which as the title entails encourages us to find more freedom in our style and artwork. And I ended up painting a cute little bunny holding a balloon shaped like a bunny! This was not intended at the beginning. As I progressed, I was hoping to paint two rabbits, but as it didn’t turn out as I was hoping, I made the larger one a balloon, how cute!

The Background

We worked with a substrate which I’ve never got around to trying: a scrap piece of cardboard from an old box! How interesting is that. I remember seeing works at an exhibition of a Japanese artist, Ayako Rokkaku, on which she used cardboard. At the time, I thought it was a brilliant idea but forgot about it over time, and now this was an opportunity! A layer of white gesso was applied on the cardboard which, though not necessary, is preferred for a longer lasting painting. After letting it dry, I glued on some collages of various papers including wrapping paper, mulberry paper and wrapping tissues as well as texts ripped out from old books. Then a variety of mediums were added layer after layer: oil pastels (by Art Philosophy), water-soluble sticks (Derwent’s Inktense Blocks. and some gouache.

Creating my Character

And now that I was ready to introduce my character, I cut out a circle from an old Japanese newspaper and glued it on a blank space intended for the head. I was at this point not sure what to create but since the face was positioned low enough I thought a bunny would be a cute idea. Hence, an outline was drawn in with a black marking pencil before coloring in with acrylic paint. I also decided to work on the background a bit and sketched some houses with the pencil followed by a smaller bunny this time drawn with some fluorescent pink oil pastel.

A Little Change

As I progressed though I wasn’t happy with the outcome of the big bunny. The head was too round, and the ears were out of proportion, looking anything but a cute bunny! Then I came up with this idea of making a character with a hat shaped like a bunny. The hat was also outlined with the fluorescent pink oil pastel before being filled in with a matching acrylic ink. Still I was not satisfied. I also regretted painting over the colored collages on the left hand side as the area now looked a bit dirty. So what to do?

Enlightenment

Then it dawned on me. The big bunny looks like she’s floating in air doesn’t she? So let’s make her a balloon now! Hence I covered the face with some fluorescent pink glaze to match it with the hat. Eyes were then painted in for some added kawaii. I love the Emerald Green Heavy Body Acrylic by Liquitex! Lashes were then drawn in and further traced over with some black glitter pen. A string was then added with fluorescent pink 3D Liner by Sennelier also used for the big bunny’s ears. Finally I covered that “dirty” area with the sun with fluorescent yellow gouache. And now!

Another whimsical and inspiring piece, thanks to Juliette Crane’s classes! Firstly, it gave me a chance to paint on something alternative like a piece of cardboard. I shall definitely like to do that again! Further it’s my first time to paint two bunny’s interacting as subject and object. The lesson has taught me how to deal with a painting you’re stuck with and turn it into something unexpected. Thanks again, Juliette, for helping me stimulate my creativity!

Click here for more about Juliette Crane and her wonderful classes!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.