The Rabbit Next Door. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2014.
Even though there are plenty of rabbits in our neighborhood, the hard part of painting them is getting a good photo to use: I have to sneak up on them with my camera and take a few pictures before they bolt. I photographed this rabbit in our next door neighbor's yard as he/she was busy munching on some clover one evening in late spring.
Other than that, I think rabbits are nice, simple animals to paint. I used a palette of cobalt blue, burnt sienna and yellow ochre (with a bit of alizarin for the ears) and painted the whole thing in a single session.
Like the rabbit I painted last year I left the background unpainted. I do this for rabbit paintings mainly to avoid casting them adrift in a sea of green paint.
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