I stopped into Dakota Fiber Mill in Kindred, ND. What a fun place! She has Alpaca’s, Sheep, Lamas, a Camel and Angora Rabbits to make yarn from. Chris gave me a personal tour and I saw how she mixes the fibers or makes yarn to dye. It was fun to take pictures of the animals too. The rabbits had nice big cages and were sitting on some fresh grass. When I got home, a beautiful bedding catalog inspired the color palette for this painting.
One of my favorite things about this painting is the edges around the rabbit shapes. They were enhanced by the grid. Rather than outlining, I vary the rhythm, playfully thinking “up to the edge”, “not up to the edge”, or “overlap” when painting around a shape. The transparency of the watercolor makes this especially fun.