Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have been considering creating a Christmas card and various ideas float around in sketchbooks. I wanted it to be round, part reality, part fantasy. A late night sketch of a Newfoundland hare and thoughts of a winter night made this marriage.
There are no rabbits in Newfoundland, but hares, arctic and snowshoe hares which were introduced in the mid 1800s to help feed the population. These are large animals and are prone to fight in the spring which looks like little boxing matches and they take jabs at each other. The classic 'mad as a March hare'. I love the shape of hares and wanted to capture that sense of movement and shape and mimic the circular form.
This piece is watercolour on 300lb Arches paper and is about 8 inches in diameter. There is still some tweaking to do and a decision around what little thing to add to make this say 'Christmas'.
My laptop is now covered in little white dots of ink from the spattering. Note to self: Move pieces off the main table to spatter them!