I really enjoyed myself here going off into the realms of fantasy. What better subjects than the scarecrow and magical hares!
Cornish legend has it that a girl who is rejected by her lover at the alter, dies of a broken heart and turns into a white hare who haunts him.
This is such a lovely story and of course the hare is a great creature of myth and legend. I decided to put the story together visually.
West Ham Gizmo
Gizmo a Jack Russel had gone to the great kennel after a good long life of happy walks in the Wye Countryside.
I was commissioned by his owner's wife to paint a picture of the little fellow as a Christmas present. All she had to give me was a black and white photograph of Gizmo down the bottom of the garden at night time. I had to draw hard on my imagination here. Knowing that Gizmo's owner was a West Ham fan, I introduced the elements most dear to him including Gizmo. Of course setting him in our countryside with the Wye Crown in the distance brought Gizmo to life. (Not literally.) I had the painting framed with a mount in the West Ham Colours. Result? A very happy Christmas!
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