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Rabbitform after Kawase Hasui

So I spent most of yesterday ogling the work of the master artist Kawase Hasui, who was declared a national treasure for reasons that are really freakin' obvious if you look at his work.

(Seriously, go google him. I'll wait.)

He did beautiful portraits of an urbanizing Japan. I am in awe. Each one looks like the background for a glorious movie, possibly by Studio Ghibli, but seriously, SOMEBODY make movies set on those.

Awe in me tends to lead to homage, and I have nothing more suited to put into such a piece than the odd little spirits that occasionally show up in my work. I still don't quite know where they belong.

This is a view the field in front of the house, which is currently overrun with Queen Anne's Lace, and the spirit is a little more akin to the Chatham Rabbit, which was once famous, than to the desert jackrabbits I usually paint. My local spirits are small and I do not always know what they want, but sometimes I feel them there nonetheless.



I do not usually use gradients with quite such reckless abandon, but if you're trying to mimic printmaking, it's the only way. And also this took 37 layers and was nearly half a gig at one point, as I layered and layered and layered and the computer just...handled it. Technology is amazing. If I'd tried that on one of my old machines, I could have gone and made a sandwich in the time it took to turn a layer on and off, and if I'd tried to move a layer around, I could have grown the wheat for the sandwich from scratch.

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Wow, beautiful stuff. For some reason his work makes me think of the Rider-Waite tarot deck, but Japanese. Love your homage, too!

The artist of the Rider-Waite tarot deck (Pamela Colman Smith) had a professor who was strongly influenced by Japanese art (Arthur Wesley Dow), so you're seeing aesthetic trickledown :)

Good to know I'm not imagining things!

That is a lovely homage, and I share your total appreciation of his work.

That is amazingly beautiful and resonates with how my day has gone.

Any chance of prints?

Interesting -- I had never heard of Chatham rabbits before, despite my father and his family all being from there. This is gorgeous and resonates of that part of home, and I would very much like a print if you decide to make them.

I *love* Kawase Hasui's work! I first ran across it when I was digging up scans of kitsune art; his art has a delicate, dreamlike quality to it that just captivates me. And I love your rabbit-spirit; his attitude makes me wonder what he's thinking about. (Also, totally random thing, but the fact that his hood has ear-shaped extensions is utterly adorable for some reason.)

That looks awesome! It is also suitable for Ghibli movie-making. ;)

That's a thing of beauty right there :)



As I was scrolling on Tumblr I saw the top of your post and thought it WAS a Kawase Hasui print! Then I saw the rabbit and thought "Wait! That is Ursula!"
Congratulations.

His work reminds me of Maxfield Parrish. They both have unmistakable skies.

Love it. It's always interesting to see the vertical perspective for a creature who usually sees only the horizontal, too.

Wow.. that's seriously gorgeous!

This is lovely, and I would love to have a copy.

His stuff is beautiful, in a simple and understated way.

I like your tribute piece... I find that it links your styles nicely.

Well, there's at least one print I'll be picking up at Anthrocon.

Umm, if you do sell a print of it, that is.

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You know that the Japanese see a rabbit (not a man) in the moon?

I've only ever seen a rabbit...not sure where the man is...?

Lovely rabbit and definitely very Studio Ghibli!

This lurker came to comment on the Chatham Island rabbits (we have some in an enclosure in the park at Invercargill, but I'd never heard of them before I came here) but HOLY CRAP THAT ART IS AMAZING. I think I have some blank space left on my wall....*

*though sadly not three thousand dollars for a print.

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I don't think I've ever done a print for anywhere near that, never fear!

That's what the Kawase Hasui prints go for! I'm hoping yours are more affordable!

Oooh, Hasui! I love Hasui, and that's a gorgeous homage.

(Have you explored Hiroshi Yoshida's work, too?)

Well, if Kevin gets serious about making Mead, maybe he could bottle it as "Chatham Rabbit"

A brilliant homage. I feel you understand him. (Like I know anything about art.)

I love this! Is this just for yourself (which is fine!) or will it be available as a card or print?

I'm another one who would love to buy a print of this.

...weren't you using ripped-up Shonen Jumps in the landscaping a while back? This seems obliquely like the natural outcome.

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