Washing the Hare

Washing the Hare: I’ve been asked many times for the inspiration behind this piece, and its companion work, ‘Touchdown!’…

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Well, I guarantee that if you walk the rolling fields of the Wiltshire Downs for long enough, you’ll see a Hare… Even if it’s just the sight of its backside as it sprints across the field! On this particular day, I came across this character giving himself a wash. I was struck by his ungainly, inelegant pose. Immediately, I thought of how this might work as a painting. When the time came to paint Washing the Hare, I chose a loose, casual style. After that, a finishing touch came from liberal use of an acrylic pen, to add movement.

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