R Is For Rabbit

Rabbit Doodlewash

Perhaps it was all the Easter stuff in the stores today, but I decided to go with a rabbit for the next letter. Besides being pretty darn cute, rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They actually have 360° panoramic vision, which allows them to detect predators in all directions. While they can see everything behind them, like some people, they unfortunately have a small blind-spot when it comes to something right in front of their nose.

Rabbits can sometimes “binky” which is a term used to describe what happens when they reach a state of unadulterated exuberance. In this state, which can also seem like they’re having a full seizure, they’ll twitch their heads and body in different directions and jump high in the air. Though it looks like they’ve turned suddenly insane, a binky moment is just a way to express their joy. Though it might look ridiculous for a human to do the same, it’s enviable that these little creatures can become so instantly happy.

In the wild, rabbits have a ton of predators, and their main line of defense is an incredible ability to reproduce. It’s possible for a female to have up to a 1,000 babies in her lifetime and the female babies can mate as soon as the day after they are born. Though the actual mating is not very romantic by human standards and consists of a male circling the female, showing his tail, sometimes urinating on her, and then completing the act in less than 30 seconds. Strange to be sure, but there you have it. Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend, going binky doing what you love most! Next up is “S” so please shout out your suggestions in the comments!


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Gamboge, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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Published in By Charlie
62 Comments
  1. imustseemovie.com 2 years ago

    Beautiful

  2. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Cute little bunny 😍

  3. Jacob 2 years ago

    It’s not Bugs but it’ll definitely do! Ha ha, oh, here’s that hysteria again – I want to cuddle this adorable bunny rabbit, even if he does look ready to hop off at any moment. Awesome doodlewash. And I had no idea about the ‘binky’… I don’t remember any of my childhood rabbits binkying. How very novel!

    S is for Samoyed. Springbok. Skunk. Swan. Stag. Seal. Seal. Seal. Seal.

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!! Yeah I couldn’t resist a rabbit…they’re just too cute and cuddly. Hehe And yeah…I’d never heard of “binky” before…so strange! And still don’t know where the name came from. Thanks for all the suggestions! Including the last…er…four! Lol But I’ve done 2 of those before!! 😊

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        I’ve googled. There was Matt Groening rabbit character from the 70s called Binky, apparently. Nothing concrete though. Hmm! It’s a strange one.

        And haha! I think I’m still suggesting Seal actually. Repeat to fade 😉 But yes – I forgot you did two in one go! I’ll let you off, then!

      • Author

        Oh yeah!!! Life in Hell! Totally forgot about that comic! And thanks on the seal…yeah I think I’m going to try something new. Though I still haven’t decided on what of course! 😊

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        I’d be asking questions if you had decided this ridiculously early! 😉

  4. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Hi Charlie, what a cute rabbit, indeed. I love how you painted the fur. And, 1000 babies in a lifetime, good god the poor female rabbit. My suggestion for S is snake. 🐍

  5. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely painting, high cutie factor. New word for the day…’binky’….Adorable post, thank you for a binky moment.

  6. Nancy 2 years ago

    You know how much I love rabbits and yours is done beautifuly. His little feet are so cute. I didn’t know about the whole “blinky” thing but I have seen the rabbits in our yard act like that. I thought it was a spring time love thing!😀
    My suggestion for S is sloth. They have really expressive eyes and your eyes are always done so well.

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃I’m so glad you liked my rabbit rendition!! Hehe ..and I guess spring time love could cause a good binky as well! Sloth is a good one!! 👍🏻😃

  7. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    YAY Charlie! What a rascally looking rabbit! Hehe! 😊 Interesting facts today! 😳 Poor Mrs Bunny… As for S, how about a stripped skunk! You might even have a story to tell?! 😉🎨💕

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill!! 💕😃Don’t know whether he looked rascally or just silly cute! Lol And I think that was “striped skunk” …when I read “stripped” skunk I thought…I bet he would have some stories then! Lol 😉

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Lol! 😜 Oops! Glad you know what I meant to say… Now I have visions of a skunk stripping in my head. Oh, my! 😳

      • Author

        Haha! That’s awesome!! 👍🏻😃

  8. debiriley 2 years ago

    love the rabbit, love the info, learned TMI on Mr. Bunny mating habits!
    Excellent post Charlie 🙂
    Skunk – like Peppe??

    • Author

      Thanks Debi!! 💕😃 And haha!! You’re welcome! 😉 A little rabbit TMI for your day! And skunk is definitely on the list…this one is hard too many options!!

  9. Oh yes, brilliant it just had to be a rabbit with Easter at the ready

  10. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    While I’m not a big rabbit fan (because they are huge garden pests), your bunny is all kinds of cuteness! <3

    "Binky"…hahaha! Crazy rabbits. Did you know that rabbits can scream like a banshee when panicked?

    • Author

      Thanks Teresa! 💕😃 Yeah, my grandma hated them…had a huge vegetable garden and they were a pain in the @@s!! But glad you liked my harmless doodlewash version! Hehe

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        LOL! Unless you use metal chicken wire fencing with small holes, rabbits can squeeze or chew through to get into your garden. Houdini had nothing on them!

  11. Jodi 2 years ago

    going binky over bunny! 🙂 I think Jacob really wants you to draw a Seal tomorrow 🙂

    • Author

      Lol…thanks Jodi!! 💕😃 Even though we’ve not met in person, I can totally picture you going binky!! Hehe And yeah…lol… Jacob was rather clear on that one, but I of course have clue yet what will inspire me later! 😊

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Yay for that! Binky Binky!

  12. jmnowak 2 years ago

    Sweetie…
    S is for Seahorse (quite colourful and cute) or for the dog lover in you, a Shih Tzu. They’re cute too. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Janina!! 💕😃 I was just looking at seahorse references before I saw your comment! Hehe… still not sure though. We’ll see what my pen makes me do later I guess!

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Sure!
        PS: I’m missing Philippe’s Sunday illustrations… 🙁

      • Author

        I know! Me too…he hasn’t painted in a long time. But he has done some cool digital and 3D art so he’s still creating cool stuff!!

      • jmnowak 2 years ago

        Well, you’d better crack that whip! 😉

  13. Teri C 2 years ago

    Oh what a cutie bunny! Love it.

  14. Kari 2 years ago

    Oh wow! It’s so cute! We once agreed to keep a class pet (two bunnies) over spring break. We didn’t know that my son was allergic! He broke out into hives and scared me to death. Of course it was the weekend and my husband was out of town. I went to the pharmacy for Benadryl and had to sign lots of paperwork because I tried to buy more than two bottles.. Lol. Yeah, they are adorable but no more bunnies for us.. 😜

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃 I can assure you that a bunny doodlewash is completely hypoallergenic!! Wow! That would be scary, but good to know to avoid them. I can just see you in the pharmacy trying to prove you’re not actually making meth in your basement! Lol

      • Kari 2 years ago

        Good thing I didn’t have to tell them that I have a chemistry degree! 😜

      • Author

        Haha! Yeah…that would have seemed really suspicious!!

  15. YesterdayAfter 2 years ago

    Rabbits are so cute and amazing pets I have one myself a “Dutch Bunny” I feel so lucky because he make me so happy just looking at him! Yours is very cute looking forward for tomorrow 😉

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃Oh wow! The black and white ones right? They’re super cute!! What an adorable little friend to have!

      • YesterdayAfter 2 years ago

        Yes the gray and white ones the color is so beautiful and seems like he wears a white shirt and gray pants it’s so cute! Here you can see an edited photo of me and him 😉 http://yesterdayafter.com/2015/12/28/love/ <3 I need to make a post all about him sometimes with more photos and maybe a watercolor 🙂

      • Author

        Awww that’s sweet!! You guys make a cute pair! Love it! 😃

      • YesterdayAfter 2 years ago

        Aww thank you Charlie! <3

  16. theturtle 2 years ago

    He is so cute , his nose is twitching , his eyes are really looking at you Charlie , and the ears , oh the ears. As you can see I <3 this one .
    Turtle Hugs

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! Hehe…that’s soooo sweet of you to say!! I’m thrilled you really ❤️ this one!! Thanks friend!! 😊😃

  17. kim881 2 years ago

    I love the rich colour – I could almost pick him up!

  18. I always thought that jumping thing was because they had fleas! Thanks for explaining about binkying. Gorgeous rabbit, by the way!

  19. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    He’s cute. Well done.
    JP

  20. This is in my top ten of your stuff of all time, Charlie. I love this bunny, and thanks for creating him! He is wonderful! Lol, loved the binky info and now It’s suddenly making sense why people sometimes call pacifiers binkys. I never understood that before. For S I think sparrow. Stork (Haha maybe for the bunny). Sloth. Ooh squirrel! But you may have done that one. Hmm I know snot-nosed kid is out LOL but couldn’t resist typing it, as it actually came to mind 😎. I like seal also but haven’t you done one? There are so many you’ve already done. Of course, we’ve all done hundreds of birds and everyone loves them. Don’t mind me as I think (type) out loud……ooh shark! That’d be a cool one. Gosh, but haven’t you done this too?! I can’t keep track. I like skunk also. Wow, can’t think of more, but S should be an easy one! Have fun, Charlie!

    • Author

      Awww yay!! So glad this one made your top 10 …hehe…he was fun to doodlewash! And I love when type out loud!!! Haha!! 💜💜💜😃 And snot-nosed kid would be soooooo tempting if I wasn’t doing non-human creatures! Perhaps he’ll kick off my pending foray into human portraits. And shark would be cool too! S is making me insane…WAY too many options!!!!! 😳lol

  21. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Binky is a great word. I will file it for future reference!
    I like everyone’s S suggestions…snake would be cool, skunk, shark, sloth, seal…squirrel? Perhaps just put the names in a hat! (K)

    • Author

      Yeah…I love that word. I’m going to use it all the time now. Lol And putting things in a hat is pretty much what I did today. Too many options!! Hehe

  22. Cathe 2 years ago

    Very handsome rabbit! And for binky, yikes, now I know! I see lots of binky behavior at work! As for “s” wow there are so many options! I’m a fan of a stork, but a shark is cool too. Oh just surprise us!

    • Author

      Thanks!! And haha…yeah… There’s a lot of binky in companies. I used to go a little binky after long meetings but it was more of a seizure and less of an expression of joy. Lol

  23. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Glad I am not Mrs Rascally Rabbit!! But I am “binky” over your rabbit. 🙂 hear me giggle?

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