Eastern Cottontail, Manresa Jesuit Retreat
- Painted en plein air on 5/11/21 at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
- Eastern Cottontail
I painted this during a paint out with the Plein Air Troupe at Manresa Jesuit Retreat. I was raised without religion and I've never prescribed to any particular faith. Because of this, I find that I am generally interested in religion - not necessarily in a critical sense but as something I am curious to learn more about, as to better understand humankind. While painting at Manresa Jesuit Retreat, I couldn't help but incorporate the Christianity of the place into my imagery. The verdant leafy grounds have a winding path with stops where the devout can contemplate the fiften stations of the cross. I noticed a tree trunk and branch, which when overlapped made an elegant sweeping motion and resembled a crucifix. I was painting beside the fourth station of the cross, where Jesus meets his mother. There were a number of Eastern Cottontails hopping around at the edge of the wooded area. In Christianity, rabbits sometimes symbolize fertility. I was reminded of Titian's "Madonna and Child with St. Catherine and Shepherd (Madonna of the Rabbit)." I chose to include an Eastern Cottontail looking back at the shadow cast by the crucifix's crosspiece.