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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Moon Dancing Bunnies win Design of the Day!

Turned on the computer this morning to the lovely news that my latest design, Mid Autumn Moon Festival Dancing Bunnies card was awarded the Design of the Day by Greeting Card Universe. YAY! I think I'll do a hoppy dance myself. Thanks GCU!

For this design, I have a group of rabbits doing a hoppy dance under a very full autumnal moon. The moon is a pale yellow to balance against the pale to medium browns of the hares. The art is created with ink, watercolor and Photoshop.  I don't know if real rabbits dance in the moonlight but I do see more of them on moon lit nights.

The Harvest Moon Festival is a Chinese holiday celebrated on the fullest moon of the year in September or October. Sometimes the moon even has a golden autumn glow to it. Rabbits in Chinese mythology are associated with the moon. Sometimes the hare is is said to be living on the moon under a tree, where he must make medicine for the princess that also lives on the moon. Sometimes he is shown pounding medicine with his mortar and pestle. In other stories the hare lives on the earth and gazes up at the moon where the princess lives. It is celebrated today by eating moon cakes and visiting family.

FYI - the Autumn Moon Festival or just Harvest Moon festival is celebrated this year on September 30th on the full moon of course. If you want to see the inside of the card or to purchase please just click on the card image. If you want to see my other card designs go to gcuniverse.com/DianasCards


Judy Adamson said...

They're lovely - no wonder it was chosen! And that's interesting about the Chinese Celebration - I have a Chinese Malaysian son-in-law but he's never mentioned it. He'll be very impressed that I know about it :D

lisa lewicki hermanson said...

Cool illustration, congratulations.
Most interesting about the Autumn moon and hare connection. Perhaps we should have a party!

Di said...

Thanks Judy And Lisa.
A PArty -does sound nice!

It's not really a major holiday. My family just celebrates by eating Moon cakes at this time. It's not like the Chinese new year that lasts for 15 days.