Sunday, 21 February 2016

Hare Gazing & Hare Leaping Paintings on Hearts

I was having a rummage through my 'stash' and found a few Hanging Heart blanks, mmmm so what should I use them for? I asked myself...... yes, I often talk to myself, I suspect you do too. The Hubster says it's because I'm usually the only person to understand my own ramblings!! 
So I thunked and I thought and decided it was time I painted a few more Hares. I haven't done any for a while.

A Leaping Hare & The Snow Moon

The Hare is closely associated with the moon, particularly the full moon, it's a connection found in Celtic and Druid mythology as well as folktales from all around the world.  Did you know that the Snow moon or Full Snow moon is a traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February in North America? No I didn't know either but I saw it on my FB page and checked it out. I thought this was a fitting image for one of the hearts.

Hare Gazing at the Moon

I live in a rural area and lucky enough to see hares running through the fields, it's believed to be a favorite animal and 'attendant spirit' of the Celts. It represents love, fertility and growth and is associated with the Moon, Easter, death, redemption and resurrection. So I really should paint a Spring Hare to add to the Winter and Autumn ones. 

Hare Painting


I love the Hare and the associated stories, the Moon Gazing Hare on the hanging heart was taken from a painting I done a while ago. You can see the post about it here..  The Hare Gazing Painting

Hare Sketch

And while searching for the Hare Painting post I came across this little sketch from one of my first posts way back in March 2011, you can see the post here ..... Running Hare Sketch

I hope you've enjoyed my little ramble but that's all from me for now, I'm off to do some more painting.

Jan x

I'm linking this post over to the weekly Lucy Blossom Craft Link Up


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who talks to myself! Your hares are lovely.

  2. So gorgeous and detail on them is brill! Love the one looking up at the moon :) x

  3. Oh they are beautiful! I didn't realise they were so closely connected to the celts, I will have to tel my hare mad friend. Xx

  4. These are beautiful! I also talk to myself when working away ;)

  5. What a lovely thing to add to the hearts, really clever. I always think of the "guess how much I love you" book when I think hares, I used to love reading that to my kids when they were little.

  6. Ooh I love these and think hare's are under rated as every one loves bunnies. Something so elegant about them. Mother used to rescue hare's from traps where we lived and nurse them back to full health. They always used to visit as remembered a kindness.

  7. I talk to myself all the time, it'd the only way I can be sure of a sensible answer. I've seen hares in the wild too, they're beautiful xx


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