“Knock Knock” Fantasy oil painting

fantasy oil painting "Knock Knock". A rabbit stands at a wooden door.
“Knock Knock” fantasy oil painting ©YueZeng2023

The story

A secret house hides in an old tree trunk. With an aged wooden door, the warm light inside shows through. The rabbit comes to the door in the middle of night, gently knocks on it.

Knock, Knock,

“Who’s there?”

“It’s me, rabbit.”

“Just a second, coming~”

Option 1)

This is rabbit’s house. It is going back to its own place.

Whoever inside is the rabbit’s family.

Option 2)

This is NOT the rabbit’s house. It is visiting someone else.

Whoever inside is the rabbit’s friend/comrade.

The door opens and the rabbit swiftly gets inside.

And the rest of the story is up to you. 🤣

Digital sketch

My brain tricked me during this painting process. It was not about the tree bark or the rabbit or the bushes or the sign plate. It was all about the light strings on ground.

In the beginning I drew 5 continuous straight lines. Then I realized that there was a horizontal bar that blocked the light in between. So I added a shadow bar on ground. But soon I found out that the number of wood lumbers on top of the door was different than the lower part of the door which meant the light strings on ground had to be separated accordingly.

The other part was the lock and hinges of the door. I first painted two pieces of shadow on the door’s left side (my view). I thought they represented hinges. However I saw that the door’s lock was on left side so the hinges had to be on right side. At the same time, the door was locked so I should see the deadbolt on the left side and it should be aligned with the lock.

My brain hurt. 😂

Digital sketch of “Knock Knock” ©YueZeng2023


I initially planed to write “No Trespassing” on the sign plate. But it is too long, 13 letters. Therefore I choose “Private”, only 7 letters.

I hope you enjoy this painting.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.