Harvest Hare

Harvest Hare by Douglas Eyre

About the Hare

The time of Harvest is a magical time for adults and children alike in the Countryside. For adults involved with farming it is the culmination of months of work and the battle between the elements and a productive harvest. For children and I was a child of the country in my formative years, it is running around fields, watching small mammals rabbits and yes sometimes hares running through the crop keeping out of the way of machinery. On the heels ...
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The time of Harvest is a magical time for adults and children alike in the Countryside. For adults involved with farming it is the culmination of months of work and the battle between the elements and a productive harvest. For children and I was a child of the country in my formative years, it is running around fields, watching small mammals rabbits and yes sometimes hares running through the crop keeping out of the way of machinery. On the heels of the change, from waving cereals to harsh stubble, comes the harvest festival church service: hints of winter warmth both in the dressing of the church and the colour of the various crops.

Bountiful products of nature at the foot of the alter often proceeds the community coming together for a supper. Music to a child’s ears and tummy.

As an artist, commissioned for several years by a well-known farming magazine, to sketch prominent agricultural personalities, I was privileged to get close to the personalities of those farmers I worked with. It was clear that their relationship to their own backyards, how landscape and climate changed, particularly in during harvest time, impacted their personalities. This cheery chappie bears a strong resemblance to one of my characters. He brought corn to the Harvest Festival. It was his offering for a good harvest. A centuries old practice. I just pictured him as my harvest hare.

 

Artist

Douglas Eyre

Artist Biography

My life has been devoted to Art both personally and commercially. Formal studies: technical and figure drawing expanded my natural ability, evident at a very early age. Post studies I honed my commercial skills: technical illustrating, silkscreen printing, mural, signs and graphic design work running a business, in Egham, building ...
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My life has been devoted to Art both personally and commercially. Formal studies: technical and figure drawing expanded my natural ability, evident at a very early age. Post studies I honed my commercial skills: technical illustrating, silkscreen printing, mural, signs and graphic design work running a business, in Egham, building up a significant reputation for attention to detail, quality, accuracy, speed.

My ability to produce lightning sketches is well known. For around 30 years I was connected with graphic design on cars and helmets formajor teams and drivers in the World of Formula I Motor racing. I have real skills related to working on challenging curved surfaces and producing a finish that was like molten glass. At that time I had an International reputation. Many of my designs are iconic

A master of oils, water colours and acrylics I now paint full-time from a Broadway based studio in the Cotswolds or work on commissions at other’s premises. My themes are inspired by harmony of line, colour and the subject of the day.

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