Finished this one a while back and have been slow to post – this piece surprised me a bit and did some things I hadn’t anticipated. I envisioned a different shape above each of their heads – something simple, geometrical – to indicate different thoughts they each had. (They each have one, although the doe’s thought-shape didn’t show up clearly in the photograph. She has a pale blue shape, like something that might come out of a Spirograph.) Then I tried loosely attaching each thought-shape to their heads via a transparent smoky white trail , akin to a more artful version of thought bubbles. But it didn’t work for the fox so well. I gave him a second shape, and while I liked that, he suddenly had too many “thought trails”. His second shape is like the first, but not fully formed, and is invading the rabbit’s space: he’s in the process of realizing some new thought that involves her. To resolve the problem of this excess, um, thinking?, I decided to let this smoky trail move where it wanted to move. Well, that’s not exactly true. I spent days starting at it, and an evening sitting on the floor in front of it with a friend, talking about it and drawing sketches together. (Thanks, Ryan! You’re awesome!) It became a foggy wisp that wraps around them and joins them somehow. It looks as though it might be traveling into the scene from off-canvas, but it also looks as though it could have originated in the fox’s head, and is moving outward from his space to encompass the others. Magical and uniting, or foreboding and creeping?