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The Dead Rabbit Mystery

28 Sep

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Husb and I visited friends in north Pembrokeshire this afternoon and went for a long walk along the estuary and beach at Newport. I was surprised to find this broken corpse of a wild rabbit on the sand. It was a sad sight and I looked away at first but then decided to sketch it. The body wasn’t marked or torn in any way, although its eye sockets had been picked clean. We wondered how it had got there. A fox or dog maybe? But it hadn’t been gnawed or worried. Dropped by a bird of prey? It wasn’t a baby rabbit, but not fully grown either, so that’s a possibility. We’ll never know.

 

I drew into my leather-bound Steampunk sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S. It took about 3 or 4 minutes. It seems a bit gruesome drawing a rabbit corpse, but there’s a tradition of painting dead animals in Northern European art.

The Name Game

21 Mar

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One of the things I find hard to do is think up names for my artworks. I don’t want to number them #1, #2, #3 and so on. And I don’t like to label them ‘Untitled’, so I often struggle to name a piece. This little lino block of a dancing March hare was easy though.

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Obvious really. Disco ‘Rabbit’ Stu. 😉

Based on an original drawing, cut into lino, printed onto Japanese lightweight hand-made paper with black oil-based litho/relief ink using a Colombian Press at Swansea Print Workshop.

 

Man, Boy and Rabbit

7 Jul

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Walking over the hill above Bracelet Bay, Mumbles a couple of evenings ago with Husb and small Nephew, we saw lots of wild rabbits quietly munching away. Husb and Nephew stopped for a few minutes to gaze at a young bunny; the little ones don’t seem particularly afraid of people. The Boy tends to copy Husb and their stance was very similar – he’s learning to be a man. So cute. On their left is a sweep of a small tree that’s been sculpted by the wind. Drawn into my A5 cloth-bound sketchbook that I’d prepared with some ripped brown parcel paper, stuch on with Pritt stick. I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sepia and a touch of black and white conte crayons.

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