The Creative Life

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How the Rabbit Series Began

Date January 31, 2021
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How the Rabbit Series Began  While working on my landscape paintings in Italy, I began to include these curious creatures in my paintings. It was a slow development originating by becoming the proud owner in 1998, of an Ariel Lop-eared rabbit from Holland. One early spring in March, my son Giulio and I were feeling a bit solitary after enduring a long and rainy winter up in the hills, so when we went down to the fair of San Giuseppe on March 19th. There we saw some people, Giulio ate some candy and we stretched our legs when we happened upon an acquaintance with whom we had frequently chatted over the winter at the “agraria” or grain store.  His name was Renato and he had a few Lops sitting in cages. He was looking for good homes for them as he had raised them “a casa con amore.” (at home…
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A Short Story

Date January 31, 2021
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While living in Italy, I started painting rabbits, not choosing per se` to create a theme, but just for fun, to include my rabbit in occasional landscapes. Living up in the mountains at the time with a small child, my son Giulio, our rabbit Tom, became a huge focal point in our lives. During this time, he slowly took a more central place in my paintings to the extent that I started to think of ideas using rabbits of different colors and situations. Soon the rabbit became the theme and the landscape was almost incidental, even though I still painted outside. Their individual personalities began to shine through and I sometimes had them wear jackets which for me was a wonderful way to use color. I found, in retrospect that this mysterious and proud animal guided my creative interior life and had opened to me a new and sometimes strange…
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