"GOOD MORNING, BUNNY" by Linda Kinney

I love wild animals. There are so many and they are all unique and fascinating. Although the bunny rabbit is not considered a wild animal, nor a domesticated one, in most cases. When I was very young, 4 or 5, we had a grown miniature bunny. He followed me everywhere and was the cutest pet I ever saw. He was no trouble and he roamed the house freely, without incident. My mother loved plants, both outdoor and indoor ones. (I'm sure she inherited that trait from her mother who did not have a front living room. Instead, it was a jungle, with vegetation of every kind.) For years my mother had grown a sweet potato plant and it covered the top of the cabinets all around the kitchen and dining room. One day, while we were away for a few hours, the bunny ate all my mother's sweet potato ivy plant. I don't know how he survived, but I do remember that he did not even get a stomach ache.

One of my favorite times of the day is early morning, watching the sunrise and all that entails. It is a new day, full of opportunities and new circumstances. No one knows the future, and this is a very good thing. I admit that I am an incurable optimist. It's how I have always seen reality. I believe everything happens for a reason and although it can be a struggle, it always works out for the best in the end. Of course, I am created to be this way for a reason and this is all I can say about it.

Everything awakens to the new day, plants, animals, all creation. As I was taking an early morning walk one day, I thought about this painting, “Good Morning, Bunny”, a soon to be 12" x 24" (30.48 x 60.96 cm) oil painting on canvas. As you know if you have seen many of my paintings, I like unique perspectives. You notice that generally when one draws a sunrise, they are looking at it. However, there is just a hint of light at the top of this canvas which indicates the sun is behind me. All of the trees and flowers respond to the warmth and light by showing their beauty to anyone and anything around them. It is said that everything that is alive communicates, not only humans and animals, but also vegetation. What a marvelous reality of truth to discover! Communication between plants means, without doubt, that every living thing communicates and works together for a better world. 

When I was young, my grandmother told me that to have a healthy plant, I should talk to it, so I did, and it worked. They have proven scientifically that plants have feelings and emotions, as well, but to think that we can also communicate with birds and they communicate with plants, for instance, WOW!

As I walked with the sun behind me that day, of course the bunny did not see me until I was very close. He was eating, and I startled him a little, but he was not alarmed and did not run away. I could almost reach down and touch him as he looked up at me and I said, "Good Morning, Bunny."