Parting Shot: Rare Hare Sighting

“Snowshoe Hare,” by Michele Farrier, 2016, pastel, 7 1/2 x 9 in.

Michele Farrier saw a snowshoe hare outside her kitchen window recently, and made the executive decision to paint it quickly from inside, where the temperature was not 5 degrees, and she had less of a chance of spooking the creature.

“I could hardly believe my good fortune when I came nose-to-nose with that snowshoe hare the other day,” Farrier recalls. “I immediately grabbed the first piece of pastel paper I found and a stick of vine charcoal for a quick sketch. After a fast layout, it appeared that my model was hunkering in. I got my pastels and analyzed what were the most important color notes. Undoubtedly, it was how warm the rabbit looked in contrast to his environment. Both were white, but completely in contrast to each other. It was beautiful. As it turned out, my model stayed for a good 20 minutes, so I truly lucked out. What a great way to start the day!”

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