Golden Ears

AramintaFogden-GoldenEars

About the Hare

It’s been such great fun designing and painting this Cotswolds Hare this year. This is my second year, and so this time I’ve been a little more prepared, they are much bigger than you think, and take a great deal of work, but I really don’t mind as it’s such a wonderful opportunity, it’s not every day you get offered a 5 ft hare to paint!
This year, I’ve concentrated my efforts in promoting the gorgeous butterflies and moths of the ...
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It’s been such great fun designing and painting this Cotswolds Hare this year. This is my second year, and so this time I’ve been a little more prepared, they are much bigger than you think, and take a great deal of work, but I really don’t mind as it’s such a wonderful opportunity, it’s not every day you get offered a 5 ft hare to paint!

This year, I’ve concentrated my efforts in promoting the gorgeous butterflies and moths of the Cotswolds area, in a bid to help out the COTSWOLDS AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY, AONB.

It has been a new subject matter for me, but I didn’t need to worry, as there is so much to work with. After talking with the Gloucestershire Butterfly Conservation, Gloucestershire Butterfly Group, and Gloucestershire Moths, I’ve found many fantastic species, which have inspired me to decorate the hare, many beautiful colours and designs to work with. Some include the Large Blue butterfly and the ever stunning Small Tortoise shell, the Chalk Hill Blue and the Duke of Burgundy.

Not to be outdone by the butterflies, are the very flashy and bright Cinnabar moth, the Plumed Prominent with his magnificent antennae and the gorgeous little Micro Magpie moth, all found in and about our beautiful Cotswold countryside.

There are 59 species of butterfly and 2,500 species of moths in the UK, unfortunately both are one of the most threatened groups of wildlife. In the last 150 years, nearly 70 species have disappeared completely (4 butterflies and 65 moths) so it’s imperative that we protect these magical little beings, conserving their habitat, and enabling their life cycle.

I’ve painted them larger than life, so as to capture all their magnificence. They are on a rich backdrop of gold leaf, and I think they shine well against it, like jewels in a crown. I’ve also incorporated their names  to help with their identification.

Because of the gold, I’ve decided to call her ‘Golden ears’ and I must say it’s been an absolute pleasure to have her in my workshop. I started painting her in the second week of January, with her first coat of dark blue acrylic, and since then she has had many visitors and admirers.

‘Golden ears’ has also been out and about, ‘Hare on tour’ as I took her to Tewkesbury Cards & Gifts, where she met her public! It was tricky to paint her and talk to people, but I kept to the simpler parts of the design and all went well.

My husband and I took her to my parent’s meadow to take some photos. I had visions of the hare sitting amongst  long lush wavy grass with the winter sun shining down upon her, but the glass was thin and squashed and the sun disappeared behind the rain cloud so that was a bust! I also got the car stuck in mud, so all in all, I think I’ll stick with the workshop J

Good memories!

Artist

Aramintha Fogden