"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Question of Balance

A Question of Balance / 12 x 12 / Oil on canvas panel / SOLD
A rather lively wild hare!

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  1. Now this painting really is interesting. ūüėĄ. I never saw a wild hare! Coming right at the viewer emphasizes the speed of the animal. You can bring a canvas alive.

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    1. Uh oh! I just knew that word would pop up! - lol! He was extra fun to paint as he flew off the brush at the same speed he was dashing away!

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  2. All your subjects seem to dance! A wonderful hare!

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    1. He is quite dashing, isn't he? Lol!

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  3. Adore those ears - I can almost see them flapping!

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    1. I just love how long those ears are and yet how attentive he seems - even at top speed!

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  4. What a great painting! Love all the colors and those ears!!

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    1. Those ears and the intensity of his concentration are what compelled me to paint him.

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  5. Have you noticed it with greyhounds, jaguars ...and hares: no matter what happens to their bodies the eyes stay focused almost operating independently of the body. You've got exactly it brings out the controlled yet unleashed power ... almost a contradiction in terms. Brilliant, Susan, I really enjoyed this one

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    1. I love reading your thoughtful comments, John - thank you.

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  6. He is FLYING!!! Susan, you have done to the hare what you do with those superb horses - he has so much vitality and movement! I can see why he so readily found his way to a new home.
    Kathryn

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    1. I seem driven to try and catch intense motion with paint brush and canvas. Its like trying to suspend time for an instant. I can just imagine this hare dashing away as soon as my eyes leave the canvas!

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  7. Full speed on, love this colorful hare, and the great energy you created , such gorgeous work !

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  8. My first thought the hare is laying in the snow. And reading the comments, I see there is something wrong with me, too much time is spent in winter conditions, maybe...
    The drawing is so precise and your impressionistic color choice is so true and emotional.

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    1. How interesting that you would view it as static - I love hearing your thoughts as it makes me think - perhaps I should have added a hint of background. I will consider your reaction! Thank you, Irina.

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    2. You are very very welcome. I really do not know how you manage to show speed so clearly in your works.

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  9. Susan, this painting of a Hare, is absolutely fantastic. You have got it spot on. You can paint any subject. Well done Susan.
    Vic.

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    1. Not sure about still life painting, Vic! Thank you for your kind words.

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  10. My Daddy told me when I was little and we'd see a wild rabbit, "If you can catch it, you can keep it." He would let me out of the car and just laugh up a storm watching me trying to catch a rabbit. This painting takes me back. Love your work Susan :)

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    1. How nice that my wild hare brought back such a cherished memory. Thank you for confiding it, Gina.

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    2. How nice that my wild hare brought back such a cherished memory. Thank you for confiding it, Gina.

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  11. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je te prie de m'excuser je ne suis pas très présente ces temps-ci mon souci de santé perdure. Ce matin je me suis calée dans un fauteuil avec ton univers comme compagnie. Et quel bonheur que de découvrir ton travail débordant d'énergie ! Juste ce qu'il me faut en ce moment...
    Tes chevaux sont irrésistibles (ainsi que le cheval dalmatien qui plairait beaucoup à mon Icarus !) et ce lièvre à présent est aussi phénoménal.
    En le contemplant j'ai l'impression qu'il va sortir de mon écran à vive allure. Tu es incroyable tu parviens avec une telle facilité à donner du mouvement, à animer tes sujets ! Fée Susan continue de nous séduire car tu y parviens délicieusement bien. Tes couleurs sont également sublimes.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. I send you all the good vibrations I can muster to help speed your recovery and banish all your health concerns. It pleases me that my lively hare and "dalmation horse" brightened your day. Thank you for stopping by, Martine Alsion - please feel better soon.

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  12. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je te prie de m'excuser je ne suis pas très présente ces temps-ci mon souci de santé perdure. Ce matin je me suis calée dans un fauteuil avec ton univers comme compagnie. Et quel bonheur que de découvrir ton travail débordant d'énergie ! Juste ce qu'il me faut en ce moment...
    Tes chevaux sont irrésistibles (ainsi que le cheval dalmatien qui plairait beaucoup à mon Icarus !) et ce lièvre à présent est aussi phénoménal.
    En le contemplant j'ai l'impression qu'il va sortir de mon écran à vive allure. Tu es incroyable tu parviens avec une telle facilité à donner du mouvement, à animer tes sujets ! Fée Susan continue de nous séduire car tu y parviens délicieusement bien. Tes couleurs sont également sublimes.

    Gros bisous ♡

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  13. Wow, I'll say!! He's practically running through my screen! The speed you've captured here is spectacular!! :0)

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    1. :) - thank you, Sandra! I am having trouble commenting on your blog - the comment section takes em to a Google log in screen. Help!

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