mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The loneliness of the long distance rabbit

The stats were daunting. The average breeding season for rabbits is 9 months (10 in Newfoundland). Gestation time is 30 days. Each litter produces somewhere between 4 to 12 kits (baby rabbits). It takes 4 to 5 weeks to wean … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: René Magritte: Meditations on the Nether Beast From Dimension X

Many have taken this iconic painting by the Belgian surrealist to be a commentary on the treacherous nature of the image — it makes you believe one thing, while hiding the reality of the image beneath. The caption, “Ceci n’est … Continue reading →

Art Threat: A visit to Josh Keyes’ dystopian zoo

If Josh Keyes’ paintings don’t take a bit of your breath away, I suggest you visit an optometrist. Each one sits as a stand-alone diorama, a moment caught in a fictional time, with beautiful realistic paintings of animals in a world so strange that it is most likely caused by human error. While his work ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The dream of flight

It seemed impossible, but it was happening. Glen was flying! The geese had flown higher and higher, above the clouds, so he could now take in the glorious early morning sunlight — Glen guessed about eight or nine-thousand feet. It … Continue reading →