I painted this rabbity fellow a couple days ago. You might say I had a wild hair to paint a hare! I usually have several primed boards stacked in the garage waiting on my next wood sign workshop (one of my Coastal Color Studio art classes). With said hair waving wildly, I grabbed a board (5 1/2" x 17 1/2") from my stash, pulled out brushes, paints and a water jar, tied on an apron and placed the board on my easel.
Here is the google image I used as a reference.
A few weeks ago I used this same image for a watercolor.
My process in painting the rabbit on the board was first to sketch a loose outline of the rabbit in the reference photo.
Using a mechanical pencil I quickly drew a simple outline of the rabbit right on the primed board. I began painting using both inexpensive craft paint as well as my Liquitex and Golden acrylic paints. Obviously I was not going for a replica of the photo image but rather an artsy interpretation. I
am more drawn to an expressionist view rather than a literal interpretation so that is what I most like to paint.
I love the playfulness of blush pink in the body and ears of the rabbit and also the turquoise that bounces like light from the sides and nose of the bunny. I wanted whimsy and a playfulness in this painting but also a touch of the dramatic which led to the black background.
I just love him!
I asked my husband to make a frame for my bunny from some of our pallet wood - also used in my wood workshops.
Here he is all framed up for spring! I especially like how the red oak of the wood complements the blush and orange in the rabbit.
|original acrylic on board, framed rustic style in pallet wood, hanger attached|
5 1/2" x 17 1/2" - $55 and free shipping within the contiguous U.S.
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