Picture Profile 2412: “Ooh, Mama’s coming!” (English Brown Hare and Leverets)

Picture Profile 2412: “Ooh, Mama’s coming!” (English Brown Hare and Leverets). Artist Code 2412. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% cotton paper 140lb. 12″ x 16″. Completed 25th June 2024

This is painting number 5 of 6 in a series painted for a special exhibition in July 2024. (Other five artworks are Artist Codes 2408, 2409, 2410, 2411 and 2413.)

I have had this composition in mind for some time. Mother hares do leave their babies in a safe place amongst the grasses where they remain absolutely motionless unless disturbed. The mother comes back periodically to feed them. One leveret has spotted her and is alerting the others.

Resources from Paul Mason, Peter Bone and Simon Stirrup, with many thanks.

This is a very “Spring-green” painting because hares give birth between April and September each year, and this is the bright Spring time. The gnarly wood behind the leverets was sourced from an old photograph I took whilst in the New Forest, Hampshire, some years ago where there had been a recent fire so it was blackened with soot, but I love the patterns on it and the colours, into which the babies and their grassy nest (form) meld very nicely.

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