easter basket

I grew up in a Pennsylvania Deutsch town full of Lutherans, so Easter was a big deal. We had all the religious celebrations, but also the giant basket of goodies and occasionally something really awesome like the huge inflatable Easter bunny that went water walking on every fountain, pond and puddle I could find until he collapsed.

And the chocolate rabbit that was wrapped in a foil covering, a fabulous illustration of said rabbit, so he looked too real and beautiful to eat…

…sadly chocolate just doesn’t have that long a shelf life.

We painted eggs with food coloring, wax resist, and I tried dozens of other techniques over my artistic career. We hid them, hunted them, ate them.

Eggessssss, beautifullll eggsessssss…

why eggs?

The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in pre-Christian celebrations of spring. However, the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus: the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.

OK, why bunnies? I mean, those first rabbits hit the ground about the time the first great horned owl chicks are starting to hunt, so Nature’s balance is really clever… bebe owlsessss get practice on dumb bunnies…er, inexperienced bunnies.

Why were there no owls in Zootopia?????

Since ancient times rabbits have been associated with spring. It is believed that Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. The hare symbolizes fertility and rebirth. Later Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny

I still love this version…

Image result for ride of the guardians easter bunny

He was dubbed the Easter Kangaroo by another character in the tail…eh…tale… due to his boomerangs and Aussie accent… courtesy of Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in other tales).


This year my mom passed away at 92 on April 4, before Good Friday…

Between the various phone calls and legal crap I found time to dye some eggs.

The eggs were provided by my cousin’s backyard chickens, an eclectic collection of naked necks and Cochins and crosses and We Have No Idea What That Is It Might Be An Emu…

Mostly the eggs are brown with the odd sage green…

I place them in a dishrack, wet them, and drop food coloring on them…

the wet surface is necessary to let the paint run and blend and blur…




as you can see I have a thing for this color…




toothbrush and some food coloring…

carry on


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