Wednesday, December 23, 2015

AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

The latest piece during the holidays, at first glance, appears rather dark.  I lost my mother on Christmas Eve a few years ago. It wasn't so long before that that I lost my father. Much of my work explores my own mortality and my own misgivings of life and death.

This is INLÉ:


Charcoal and Photoshop

See more of my Graphite Pencil and Charcoal rabbity pieces in the updated gallery:
GRAPHITE PENCIL GALLERY

Monday, December 14, 2015

BATON ROUGE GALLERY – SURREAL SALON EXHIBITION 8

Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art will once again host its annual Surreal Salon exhibition beginning January 5 and through January 28. Now in its eighth iteration, the exhibition again highlights the growing quality and popularity of the pop-surrealist / lowbrow movement in American contemporary art. 
This time around, more artists than ever before will be a part of Surreal Salon, with the work of 60 artists from 23 different states set to be exhibited. 

And I'm one of them.




For more information:
http://www.batonrougegallery.org

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BUNNY MAD! MAGAZINE

Look who is featured in Issue 22 Winter 2015's BUNNY MAD! magazine!




Why yes, that IS me!

I am both honored and humbled to be included in this wonderful magazine.  Lisa Hodgson has been hard at work for 10 years putting this quarterly publication together. It is available via mail or if you happen to live in the UK, at local pet stores as well!

See more here:
http://www.bunnycreations.co.uk/SHOP----BUNNY-MAD-MAGAZINE-.html

Saturday, October 24, 2015

REGARDING TWITTER

REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS

The comic now has a Twitter home!
I have yet to get the hang of Twitting - but I am giving it the ol' college try.

REGARDING COMIC TWITTER PAGE!

Feel free to show the love, comment, send mail and messages! 


Friday, October 16, 2015

REGARDING FACEBOOK

REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS
The comic now has a Face Book home! It has been an exciting week and many rabbity folk have shown their love!!

REGARDING COMIC FAN PAGE!

Feel free to show the love, comment, send mail and messages! I will be inquiring about Halloween costumes shortly ... Not yours, mind you, YOUR BUNNY'S!



Saturday, September 19, 2015

FAN ART and JUST PLAIN ART!

RASPBERRY THE AMAZING
I received a letter and a photo from a fan today. The Amazing Raspberry on Tumblr let me know they loved REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS' art style and shared her version of her own bun. I wanted to share the art because I think it is just so stinkin' cute!

Feel free to send any fan art and I will post it!




ART
Here are my latest endeavors. I am not sure why, but I tend to work on a couple projects at once now. I used to not do this: I was always a full-focus on one thing kinda gal. Perhaps I prefer this methodology because it allows me to disappear from the world for a while.

HARE MOON
Believe it or not, I started this 3 years ago. This is a project strictly for myself. I am passionate about the hare symbol for transitioning and feminine symbolism in general. I wanted to include meaningful symbols for me to "contemplate" in my "art room."  This little corner of paradise actually looks like a rabbit shrine ...

The little blue moon gazing hare statue was the thing that started this ball rolling. The full moon has a distinct running hare shadow. I like the fullness of the "Mother Moon" coupled with the running transition.



The above is how my projects usually start. I scrawl out simple thumbnails into a small notebook. I am usually the only one who can decipher them. Amazingly, I think this mixed media project stuck to the blueprint!



I would love to share that I used the Keys and Heart Keyhole for some deep mystical purpose. The truth is, I like skeleton keys -- they remind me of my grandmother's house. They represent "wisdom" and "magic" to me. I sure hope I have learned SOMETHING in this life. Of course, the longer I live, the less I realize I KNOW.

The moon phases and glimpses of the universe were painted on the newsprint of Toledo, Ohio (where I live). There are skulls and bottled stars and non working watch parts. Yes, I am a teen again! These are all the things I used to draw and collect back in the day! Personally, I am in the "crone" stage of life. According to the mythologies -- I should be wise, mysterious, aloof, etc. "Should be" are the operative words here. I think I am just a nutty rabbit lady.

I think the most disturbing aspect of this piece is NOT the skulls standing guard. It is the non functional watch parts. Time has stopped for someone. Maybe it represents a space where time is non linear and holds no consequence ...

THE CLOVER
Every year I do a Death Hare. This year is THE CLOVER. This is graphite and the color was added with pastel chalk.




This piece is also about transition. I think I see a theme here.
Transitioning, for me, is ALWAYS a traumatic life learning time. I hope one day to be doing only COASTING pieces.

I did explain this piece to someone:
Perhaps it is about a love between a Hare and a Human so great, that she stands guard even through death and decay...

Could you imagine such a love?
The beasts stood guard over Majnun's grave in THE STORY OF LAYLA AND MAJNUN
by Nizami (I prefer the translation by Rudolf Gelpke).

I'm not sure if it is romantic ... or tragic.

I am sure that I need a coffee.

Friday, August 7, 2015

RABBITS AND COFFEE

FOR THE LOP SLAVES
These are two of my favorite things: Rabbits and Coffee! ... As I sit here sipping my brew and staring at the buns.




BUY HERE: RAGING BUNNIES SOCIETY 6

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

GIFTINGS

I find that am often dumbfounded by life. I think this fact is reflected in my work. In life, however, there are always those things that offer a counter-balance. I experience a phenomenon I call "gifting." This is where people will, out of the blue, mail me goodies.

The BEST part of this (besides getting the goodies) is seeing what reminds them of me! The following photos are some of the things I have received, in some way shape or form, in the past month.

I often say that I am humbled by people. Well ... that is because I am. I can't begin to thank people ENOUGH for kind words and gestures. I can only pay-it-forward. So look out - it was a BUSY month!

THE GIFTINGS:




I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM BECAUSE I GAINED 20 POUNDS!
(So worth it!)

I mentioned in a past blog that BEN & JERRY'S was sometimes the only thing keeping me this side of sanity. I received a package of a half dozen flavors. I learned that dry ice keeps ice cream quite nicely. I learned that I can eat a pint a day and so I did. It was an exceptionally GOOD and SANE month.

Thank-you for the ice cream! I'm not sure how I feel about the extra weight ...





LOOK AT HIS BUNS!
I was also blessed with some of my own artwork donning this fantastic hoodie! The hoodie is SO SOFT. The superhero on the front is Todd Hanebrink of NYC BUNS fame. He is famous for other things as well ... but let's face it -- it was the buns that attracted me! This hoodie gets the BEST looks in the state of Ohio! Check out his Instagram and YouTube for bunny care and tips... and of course, his buns.

Thank-you, Todd! I've already started to wear it out. It's SO SOFT! Did I mention it was SOFT?





GET ME A FORK, I'M STARVING
Chopsticks! I don't know how to use 'em -- but RABBITS! I love these and this has become a part of my "RABBIT ALTAR."
It seemed appropriate. I don't know why.






HAPPY BUNNY
This happy rabbit looks insane. That is one happy (or psychotic) rabbit. I prefer to think, "psychotic." I love him!







CHARMED, I'M SURE!
I absolutely love these little charms! One being a silver bunny -- the other golden rabbit ears! They are like a mini golden crown. I was so touched by the thought. There has to be a tale somewhere about THE GOLDEN RABBIT EARS.






GET TO WORK!
Here is the most practical gifting I have received. These are my favorite markers for art! I have a huge project I should be working on and am actually in need of these. How awesome that someone thought of me!

Perhaps it is a cosmic hint to get busy. I HAVEN'T -- but at least it is an incentive.





CAW!
Ravens and Crows have always been a significant symbol for me. My own daughter (who far surpasses me as an artist), dropped by with this one day! I was so excited!

Oddly enough, a group of ravens recently gave me hope. I was hiking on a mountain in Tennessee.
I quickly learned that I am not much of a hiker. In fact, I would have rather tossed myself over the mountain path and took chances with the rapids below. 

Then ... I heard the ravens and knew humanity was near. (They hang around human picnickers).
There is a great Bible story about Ravens feeding Elijah in his time of need. My ravens were feeding themselves but at least were saying, "I CAN SEE YOUR CAR! I CAN SEE YOUR CAR!"





ALMOST A SEVERED HEAD
A BUNNY DECORATED SKULL! You can't get much more unique than THIS. I keep this goodie out where everyone can see it because of this! I was appreciative of the artist's acknowledgement of my awareness of mortality while still managing to communicate I have rabbits on the brain. It is a rather dichotomous image on the surface.





I AM QUEEN
THE TIARA -- The skull is simply a model. I have hardly taken this thing off since I received it! (Again, the tiara, not the skull). I have been asked if it were my birthday on several occasions.
The answer I have settled on is: "No, it is not my birthday. But I earned this."


So there you have it. The eclectic giftings I have received via The United States Postal Service.
My mailman must think I am nuts.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PERMANENT COLLECTION!


IT'S OFFICIAL!
One of my WAR POSTERS (Save the Bunnies) is now part of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANIMALS & SOCIETY's permanent collection.
The National Museum of Animals & Society is dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. To this end, NMAS promotes respect for life and compassionate ethics in advancing healthy, meaningful interconnections with the animal world. 
I am quite honored to be part of this collection! I humbly thank everyone at the museum for the invitation! See more here:
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANIMALS & SOCIETY

Monday, June 29, 2015

IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE ZOO

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the cultural Mecca of Toledo, Ohio. So ... we went to the zoo. First is a snap-shot of my grandbabby and his new friend, a brass rabbit. His name is "FAOLAN," which is Gaelic for "WOLF." He exclaimed, "GaGa's Rabbit!" And proceeded to tell me that this statue was like my bunnies at home. (Except this one doesn't chew my phone cords).


THE WOLF AND THE RABBIT


STALKER!
While hanging out at the elephant cage, an interesting thing happened. The keepers were hosing down one of the elephants and the crowd was gathered. Next thing I know -- I had company! I sat down where I stood and said quietly, "Just sit still - you will be ok here next to me."

He made himself comfortable and no one was the wiser. Except my daughter who said, "Mom is 'The Bunny Whisperer.'"
























He was a young Eastern Cottontail. In spite of all the squeeling children he sat and ate the brush right next to me. When he saw fit, he dashed away. And then followed us. He hopped through the Lion's area as well! Stopped, looked around and gallivanted away. Danged Teenagers ... they are fearless.

What have we learned today?
That I can go to a zoo with a plethora of beasts from all over the globe - but nothing excited me as much as this little Eastern Cottontail

My new friend.


SING ALONG!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SPOOKY OHIO

I traveled a bit this past weekend. Only in Ohio, mind you -- but I still got in a car and went. I made two impromptu stops. This wasn't because Lance ate half of my directions either. This was because it is how "I roll."

One of my favorite activities since childhood is to visit graveyards. I have no idea why it fascinates me but it always has. I have to include these two things:

WELCOME!

A "Welcome!" rabbit! I am not sure whether to feel comforted or not ...


SQUIRREL!

At first I thought this guy was a ceramic or concrete statue place ON the grave. It isn't. It is actually screwed INTO the slab. And the name he sits right in the middle of does not match either name on the plaques. I like to think the couple's pet squirrel rests with them.


SPOOKY
The big event happened down Route 2, however. Behold the remains of a fatal plane crash from I don't know when. This is the fuselage from an old Convair.



I read that there is a similar fuselage in Cleveland, Ohio. Apparently Ohio does not clean up this kind of thing.

41.567386, -83.079460

Thursday, June 18, 2015

REJECTION - A WAY OF LIFE ...


As an illustrator (or any kind of artist for that matter) one needs to develop some sort of "thick skin." I find this ironic in that, for the most part, artists are some of the MOST sensitive people that I know. I think that is part of the reason we are artists.


Rejection is no stranger to this lifestyle, that's for sure. I am almost used to sending sample after sample out and nothing ever coming back in return. It is better, for me, this way. I actually forget about the whole sordid affair. It is when I get "the letter" that I go through the psychological obstacle course. I shall explain --

I find that when I get an email proclaiming "ARTISTS ANNOUNCED" that it means I am IN. I get that little volt of electricity run up my spine and I can't click "open" fast enough. Yet, there is always that exception: the letter that says, "We are sorry to inform you ..."

Daniel Grant from the HUFFINGTON POST put it well when he stated:
A lot of meaning is imputed to what is often a form letter: the art isn't good; the artist is a bad artist; the artist is an idiot for having submitted artwork in the first place; the person who sent the letter is stupid and biased; that person expressed the considered opinion of the entire world.  HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE HERE

Any professional artist will tell you that rejection is just "part of life." And that it is ok. And it is! I believe it is human nature, however, to feel like one has been kicked in the shin. Even if it isn't as traumatic or painful, you still feel SOMETHING.



As a late bloomer I not only go through the run-of-the-mill, "OH MY GOD I'M A HACK" thing, I also feel like I am aging at the speed of light and something HAS TO HAPPEN SOON. I say all of this to share that I got a few emails yesterday. You would think the cosmos would at least space them out a bit ... but no.

THE LETTER
The judges were very impressed by the quality of work submitted this year.
(OMG! OMG! OMG! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ... )
Several judges commented on what a difficult task it was to select the final shortlist out of the over 2000 entries we received.
( ... SSSS - OH, SHHHHH ... )
Subsequently it was very competitive to get into the shortlist for the Category Winner awards.
(WELL, CRAP.)
To get through to the next round two out of three judges had to select your work for the shortlist. Unfortunately this year the following entries that you submitted did not receive the two votes needed and were not shortlisted for the Illustration Awards this year.
(Wait - you said, "SEVERAL JUDGES" before - Did I get at least ONE VOTE???)

IN MY CASE: "*WHEW* IT ISN'T THE STUDENT LOAN FOLKS!"

My advice to those receiving the seemingly thousands of "those letters" is:
  1. DO NOT - UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE - GO ONLINE TO LOOK AT OTHER ARTISTS' WORK. (Not today, anyway. Eat ice cream instead).
  2. If you are a "late bloomer" and older as I am - do something utterly ridiculous. I say this because I have learned that the older I get, the crazier I can act and people think it's amusing. This makes me laugh.
  3. It's ok and normal to feel bad for a moment. No one likes rejection. It is NOT ok to sit in a dark closet, rocking back and forth while crying hysterically all the time wondering why you didn't become a Vet Tech, Hair Stylist, Telephone Repairman, Fill In The Blank. (Not that I've ever done this, mind you).
  4. Go art something. 
The truth is you weren't a good "fit" for the project/book/gallery/show/annual. That's what I tell myself. Then I get online and look at all those successful and utterly talented artists that I know (and those I have never met). Then I lock myself in the closet, rock back and forth and cry hysterically and wonder where I would be if I had only stayed on that Grocery Store Cashier career track. Actually I opt to eat ice cream and watch cartoons and try to NOT think about the Grocery Store Cashier career track because that career track was MISERABLE for me. I have so much respect for any kind of cashier now. But I digress ...


SAVING MY EGO ONE PINT AT A TIME


Anyway, the rabbits are calling. I have a comic to draw.
I am most happy about that.
After submitting a minimum of ten cartoons a week, every week, for two straight years, I had little to show for it beyond rejection slips. - ROBERT MANKOFF  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LETTERS FROM THE SKY

I often see images of people that I know that just grab me. The below drawing is a friend of mine with one of hers. She rescues rabbits and has a peaceful warrior's heart. It is a job I could never do (letting go is NOT my forte).

The imagery went in tandem with a song. For those who know me and/or follow my works, this is quite common. I give you both:


LETTERS FROM THE SKY






Bunasaurus Rex!

Those who know me know that I absolutely love JURASSIC PARK. It has become a running joke that I watch the movie every time it rifles through the cable line up. It was without hesitation that I was standing in a line when JURASSIC WORLD came out earlier this week. And yes - of course I loved it!

Aside from every dinosaur in the movie, my favorite aspect was CLAIRE DEARING. The woman ran through a jungle, was chased by dinosaurs of all ilk and even enticed T REX into the final epic battle of battles. And all the time not once stumbling, falling or even getting her exquisite 5 inch spiked heels dirty. YOU GO, GIRL!


Monday, June 1, 2015

JUNE 8 - MARK THE DATE!



Smartasses Radio June 8, 2015

Smartasses Radio! With your host, the creator of Smartasses Magazine, voice actor Johnny Video!

On this new episode of Smartasses Radio we welcome Alex Kapp Horner from Seinfeld, Weathergirl and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Plus,
cartoonist for Regarding The Secret Life of Rabbits, Penny Collins! <- That's me!

Don’t forget, your hosts will also bring you your weekly dose of Geek News, and Celebrity Voice Impersonation humor.

To speak with the guest, call (646) 478-5863.

To interact with the hosts, follow @SmartassesNet on Twitter, and use the hashtag #HailJackie. Click here for the complete Smartasses Radio Archives.
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You are all welcome to call in and chat with yours truly! I really do not consider myself a "bunny expert" - I am more of an "enthusiast." Either way - I draw a comic. I hope to hear from you!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

IRISH DUTCH

The schedule has been tight lately -- but I managed my newest graphite piece: IRISH DUTCH. It is an homage to my American Irish roots and my ornery Dutch breed rabbit.



MOTOR CITY COMIC-CON MADNESS!

I attended the 2015 Motor City Comic Con today! It was exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. First, allow me to show you my own personal COS-PLAY:

THAT LADY


FAN GIRLY GIRL
I have to admit that I am a fan of David Peterson of MOUSE GUARD fame. I love the way he renders his animals. His style really touches me. The use of ink and color ... and let's face it - those little mice are ADORABLE. I snagged one of his books and he signed it.





And this is when I went all FAN GIRL.

See more of DAVID PETERSON here: MOUSE GUARD


SUNBROS STUDIOS
WEESLEY AND BRAD SUN

I think the biggest highlight for me was sitting in on a panel discussion about self-publishing and utilizing Kick-Start to fund said publishing. Wesley and Brad Sun were intelligent, articulate and willing to answer the plethora of questions I had about self-publishing.

One step closer to the bigger dream, my Bunny Chillen. I cannot even begin to count how many times I heard, "Just do it ..." from so many artisans, publishers and writers. "It's just a matter of doing it."

I picked up Apocalypse Man from the SunBros. Wesley is a writer and business manager. Brad Sun is writer, artist and inker. They work so well in tandem.

See more here: SUNBROSSTUDIOS


AESTHETICS
Whenever I attend such events, there is usually a piece (or two - or three - or four) that I find that is a "must" for my own personal aesthetic. I surround myself with particular pieces that resonate and inspire me. Today I saw a piece by BRIAN WOODWARD out of Savannah, Georgia that just stopped me.

VALKYRIE
It is simply - beautiful. See more of BRIAN WOODWARD'S work BRIAN WOODWARD ART


WHERE THAT LADY IS
Where That Lady is, the bunnies ARE.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

HELLO AGAIN!

I realize I have been quiet. I have also been horrifically busy. I had the show in Los Angeles, I went to Las Vegas and I am keeping up on the comic.

GOOD NEWS!
BUNNYMANIA! seems to have been a success! I have been informed that one of my pieces SOLD!:

DEFEATED

The original is now gracing somebody's wall. I will need to find something to hang over my bed to replace this! I humbly thank everyone at BUNNYMANIA! for this opportunity -- especially Delia Cabral for putting up with the numbers of correspondences I bombarded her with.

Meanwhile -- while I am working on thumbnails for a children's book. I cannot release details but it is a wonderful "story" and it is a LOT of work.

I have also started another rabbity piece with an "Irish" flavor and will be MIA (hopefully).

Also, this piece also found a new home:

TEA


OLD NEWS!
The comic is still well and can be seen at:
REGARDING THE SECRET LIFE OF RABBITS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT NEWS!
I am already seeing sad and anguishing results of those impulse and/or non-researched bunny purchases from Easter. Please, if you find you are at the end of your rope with a new bunny (or one you have had for a little while or even a LONG while), contact your local HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY. If you cannot find a local Society or a rabbit rescue, contact the national organization and they can help hook you up with someone that will help you. The help includes either working WITH you to figure out your "juvenile delinquent" or with re-homing.

Do not abandon your rabbit.
They CAN NOT survive in the wild. It isn't like releasing a cat on a farm. It isn't like all the "BUNNY ISLAND" videos you see posted. Bunny Island was an extraordinary circumstance and the island is actually not as "cute" or "happy" as it appears.


Sammy is a bit ... forward.

Friday, March 13, 2015

FANDOM

When I see things like this on social media sites, I know I am blessed... (plus people tagged me about 1000 times).




Monday, March 2, 2015

BUNNYMANIA

THE FRAILEST LEAVES OF ME
Graphite

HERE the frailest leaves of me, and yet my strongest-lasting:
Here I shade and hide my thoughts—I myself do not expose them,
And yet they expose me more than all my other poems.
--Walt Whitman

Death's process exposes us to excruciating vulnerability. There is no greater strength.







DEFEATED
Graphite and Watercolor

This scenario has us wondering what exactly is planned for the man: A hutch? Breeding? Meat? This piece is nobbit-as-prey.”

There is no vulnerability here – only power.
















RADIOACTIVE
Graphite and Digital Color

In the end, the horizon reflects the poisoned air. Only one creature is capable of poisoning our air and destroying the planet. Is this rabbit guarding what is left of his human – or is he gloating? The viewer only knows that there is a rescuer, somewhere, distributing gas masks to “Save the Bunnies.”

This war poster is an homage to the rescuers – the ones who are on the front lines witnessing all manners of human cruelty and abuse. They take their time and money to do their best to mend the little broken lives and re-home them.










WHEN RABBITS WERE GODS
Graphite and Photo Manipulation

Time is only linear to humans. For creation, time is Kairos has a qualitative and permanent nature. This piece depicts a mere lapse in time: a moment of indeterminate time when everything happens. THAT is WHEN.













Pieces will be featured in:

BUNNYMANIA
A fundraiser art exhibition benefiting the National Museum of Animals & Society

March 27 - 29, 2015
ChungKing Studios
Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles
April - 4 - 18, 2015
Wilding Cran Gallery
Downtown Los Angeles


Curators:
Peter Frank, Los Angeles Art Critic
Delia Cabral, Exhibit producer

National Museum of Animals & Society
http://www.museumofanimals.org

INFO:
https://www.facebook.com/events/639285792842804