The Bunny in the Basement

Acrylic, pastel on canvas
44″ x 30″
photo by Joe Solem Photograph
I’ve been away from home for a while and when I come back I realize that I left my rabbit in the basement without food or water the whole time. Fearing what I would find, I race down the steps and look all around.  Relieved, I see my rabbit- a little worse for wear, but alive.  It seems my bunny in the basement foraged for food and water and somehow survived- despite my neglect.

I wake up in the middle of the night and realize that it wasn’t the first time I had this dream, or a very similar version of it. I decided I better write it down but don’t want to turn on the light. So I wrote it in the dark. completely.

and as I am writing I am thinking what could it mean?  I did have a pet bunny (a few) and my most recent, Thunder, did live in my basement, which in this house, is where one of my studios is.

But then I had my aha! moment.  I haven’t been down there in a while. My studio. I’ve been busy teaching, volunteering for this and that, and lots of other family stuff. 

I have been working on some new paintings- upstairs, but downstairs is really my main work space. Where I draw, work on my sculptures out of wire and handmade paper, experiment, and have my etching press. 

It’s like my laboratory-away from it all.

and I miss being there.  According to dream– A basement represents your deep unconscious mind and instinct, and rabbits– “To see a rabbit in your dream signifies luck, magical power, and success.”

Any dream is open to interpretation, but I think this means I need to “feed” my creativity, no matter how busy I get. Make the time.

We need to pay attention to not only what/who we are responsible for, but what takes care of us; we need to trust our instinct and pay attention to what is important to us, to who we are.

Have you fed your bunny in the basement?


  1. Nan Johnson
    May 11, 2013

    Wonderful story & painting! Loved it!

  2. Margaret Almon
    May 11, 2013

    Dreams can be such a gift. I love the image of the foraging bunny, the spark of creativity being persistent.

  3. Nanci Hersh
    May 12, 2013

    @Nan Johnson- Thank you! This is a painting I did of my first (well actually 2nd) pet rabbit- but truly my muse for many years- Lambchop!

    @Margaret Almon- Thank you… I love your sentence- “the spark of creativity being persistent” sometimes it has to be to pull me away from all the other stuff of life.


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