Hello again ATS, it's been a while since I've posted some art. This means I have a TON new work, but so many directions that I will trickle out each
series one thread at a time.
I paint in oils on canvas mainly, since 1990. I have a huge passion for art, but I am not an academic; I'm a prolific self-taught outsider.
How the Bunny vs Panda story started
It was about 8 years ago on a rainy weekend and I was watching 7th Samurai for the first time, and was getting ideas ready to paint, but they felt
forced until after I finished the movie. At which point I was intensely motivated to paint a very violent image, but with a serious power and message.
I had a roughly started LARGE canvas that wasn't working for me (a vertically aligned car with hood open and woman being berated by a crooked
mechanic). Well I turned it sideways and started just painting.. what turned out to be a very intense rabbit samurai, with the yeilding sword stance.
It progressed naturally that he needed to fight an evil element, which turned into a ninja panda. The gloves were off and the next 3 days straight I
obsessed over the creation, until it was epic.
I had no intentions of creating a series from it, it was an experiment. But the experiment went so well I started painting more, and more. I started
to realize I was painting a story of good vs. evil, but a greyer one, one a Taoist would understand.
I have taken a break for the past 2 years after creating about 18 of them, and finally started finding shows for them just recently. They have been
VERY well received even without storyline provided. But lately after talking to some successful artist friends, I realized fine art that tells
interesting stories is in high demand, and could possibly grow into things like graphic novels, animations, books, products etc. So I halted selling
the originals, and now have prints available. Also I am working on a simple storyline for each piece to help complete the story in full as it develops
which I will include here with the images. I hope you enjoy, and I really appreciate all feedback, criticism, comments and ideas for further images.
The Story of the Bunnies vs Pandas
The beginning and possibly the end of this story. The Bunnies and Pandas are meant to coexist and work through their differences, and through peaceful
union they are allowed the miracle of knowledge and creation.
The Bunnies have a very spiritual nature, and at times have blind faith in what they cannot explain. They can also be very violent when things
challenge their belief system. (the golden calf and flying cow are purely intentional).
The Pandas actively seek answers outside of their world, they make observations and postulate theories. They tend to have a rigid, scientific method.
The Bunnies practice organized labor with fair benefits. They work well in social groups when tasks are well distributed.
The Pandas, unlike the Bunnies, put efforts into scientific studies. They research ways to both help and hinder societal structures. They are invested
heavily in manipulation.
The Bunnies, being highly spiritual and intuitive, have a huge compassion for infants and newborns. They overlook their differences when it comes to
their enemies and safely look after all lifeforms.
The Pandas rule with an iron fist, and make their citizens serve a labor tax based on their social and economic status. Labor is looked upon as a
lower class action.
Being less spiritual, the Pandas pass judgement easily, and have little tolerance for differences from the norm. They can say things that hurt others,
and usually intentionally.
The Bunnies are masters of oldworld crafts, and are highly skilled. They are also naive and can be bargained with, and supply the Pandas with superior
The Bunnies and Pandas have different views about sex. Due to pressure and through secret agreements the Bunnies cater to the Pandas in secret.
The Pandas, through ingenuity and industrial means, acquired much wealth and devised a way to retain this wealth by lending money at interest to the
Bunnies with a proprietary currency, keeping them in debt.
The bunnies are intensely spiritual, but the majority choose to be part of large congregations that worship together and share the sparse resources.
There are rumors that the priesthood may be corrupt.
The pandas are highly methodical, and have a system for researching patterns and numbers. They have a very organized system of schooling their young,
but their schools do no allow bunnies.
edit on 17-4-2015 by Aliquandro because: sorry always gotta relearn how to post images correctly
edit on 17-4-2015 by
Aliquandro because: (no reason given)