The Ghosts of Old Friends

A couple of months ago I commissioned a beautiful ink piece by my friend Christal!

I gave her some rough ideas for a concept – forest, bunnies and a long-haired girl – and she worked her creative magic! I love the composition and panelling, and the way she bordered it with dandelions.

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You can see some of the intricate detail (like the ferns, bark and hair) more clearly below:

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Truth be told, I had been hoping to find someone who would help me honour some of the lost little loves of my life (my pet rabbits over the years, especially my favourite two, Geri and Wilbur). Years ago I also had a recurring dream – the best dream I’ve ever had! – of what I call “The Snow Bunny Forest”. In it, I had wandered into a deep forest of huge, tall trees, which had somehow conveniently materialised just over the road from my old house. Patches of snow covered the ground, and there were huge white rabbits everywhere.

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Dear little Wilbur (Willy) died earlier this year quite suddenly, which was pretty sad, especially since I’d had him since he was just a few inches long!

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Sleeping on his last bed.

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Geri, above, was a larger breed, a New Zealand White, who I got when I was 13. On the left is one of her sons (Elmo), who was also one of the sweetest bunnies we ever had.

So thank you, Christal! I love your work and am so proud to be able to display one of your detailed little masterpieces!

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8 Comments

  1. What a beautiful way to remember your little furry loved ones when they are gone. Beautiful artwork too.

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      Even though I didn’t arrange it straight after Willy had died, I think it actually did help a bit with the sadness!

  2. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful and precious. How wonderful to find an artist who could preserve and honor the memory of your loved ones! <3

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      I agree! Actually, more people should commission things from talented friends – it’s so much more meaningful and unique!

  3. Such intricately beautiful work. I’m deeply sorry about losses. Thank you for sharing this deeply lovely way that you’re honouring your pets’ memory.

    Gentle hugs & happy holiday season wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      Awww, thank you so much. 😮 I’ve always had such a special spot in my heart for rabbits and it always sucks when pets have to leave us too early!

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