8x10 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction
I told this story once before, but it bears repeating I think.
As a young child growing up, I remember that we always had bunnies in the yard. I lived in a 2-family house that we rented the first floor of, and every day in the summer I would walk into the backyard to find the bunnies. Our backyard was full of a mixture of grass, weeds, flowers & fruit trees - what I always called my "garden of Eden." The bunnies seemed to love the yard also as they could be found there pretty much every day.
When I was a young child, I had a stuffed rabbit that had "disappeared" suddenly after I had gotten over one of my childhood diseases, and I firmly believed it had become real and was one of the bunnies in the yard. In fact, I thought all the bunnies in my yard (and there were quite a few) were all once stuffed bunnies that had left & became real - and that everyone in my neighborhood had heard the Velveteen Rabbit story!
My friend Joey Riggi and I were determined to catch one of these bunnies. We set-up a box with a string & stick -- and a wonderful carrot we "borrowed" from old Uncle Mike's garden (Shhhh, don't tell him!). But the bunnies were too smart - they didn't fall for those traps. So then Joey & I decided to dig holes in the yard, then cover them with twigs, leaves & grass clumps. We laid the carrot pieces on top of the camouflaged holes & waited. But all we caught was my poor mother as she walked out into the yard to hang the just washed laundry. (Joey & I had to fill in all the holes in the yard and I had to help with re-washing the sheets!)
I never caught the bunny, but it visited me that summer often!