Penny from Hare-ven

Penny from Hare-ven Design

About the Hare

Penny from Hare-ven is derived from my research into our wonderful Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Penny, has been inspired by the plant Cotswold Pennycress which is a plant of interest. It’s found in the limestone areas of the Cotswolds, but can only be found in a few areas and is protected. My love of the Cotswold countryside comes from years of riding through it on horseback, and I’m proud to be involved in this wonderful hare trail to ...
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Penny from Hare-ven is derived from my research into our wonderful Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Penny, has been inspired by the plant Cotswold Pennycress which is a plant of interest. It’s found in the limestone areas of the Cotswolds, but can only be found in a few areas and is protected. My love of the Cotswold countryside comes from years of riding through it on horseback, and I’m proud to be involved in this wonderful hare trail to help support the A.O.N.B. survival and its preservation for the next generation of nature lovers. This Hare will be painted using acrylics, keeping the background colours of golden cream and a grey/green representing the Cotswold walls where the plant is found. The plant has dainty white flowers, amazing green foliage and fantastic seed pods which I intend to show as each stage of this plants life cycle. I’m hoping that this will also encourage children and adults alike to look a little harder when walking in the Cotswolds and discover the diverse wildlife we have in the area.

Cotswold Pennycress is a plant of specific wildlife interest. It is found in limestone areas of the Cotswolds, but this is limited and it is protected. With its dainty white flowers and fantastic seedpods it’s a great plant to bring to the attention of the general public through this year’s Cotswold Hare Trail. For the background I’ve used a dark grey-green and cream as the crevices and Cotswold stone walls where it can be found growing. I’ve incorporated each stage of the plant; seedpods, seeds, leaves and its white flowers.

Artist

Leanne Courtney-Crowe

Artist Biography

Art makes me smile and after being encouraged whilst at school to pursue art, my interests have always taken a natural direction so I’m really excited to be involved in this year’s Hare Trail. From my early days as a student in Cornwall using clay, earth’s most natural resource, making ...
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Art makes me smile and after being encouraged whilst at school to pursue art, my interests have always taken a natural direction so I’m really excited to be involved in this year’s Hare Trail. From my early days as a student in Cornwall using clay, earth’s most natural resource, making and designing ceramics, to returning to Cheltenham to study visual arts, nature is where my heart is. The main focus for me has been viewing nature in a different, way rather than at face value. My art work has been based on the inspiration of hidden patterns, colours and structures of nature that are not immediately obvious. Ranging from micro, macro to satellite views, these images give us a different perspective of our observation of nature. A micro image taken of pollen for instance can be enlarged and can be viewed with an alternative attitude to the subject matter. I have developed my love of painting using this idea and I work in different mediums depending on the effect I want to achieve. Most of my works are in acrylics, oils or mixed media as I have three distinct styles of working, graphical, textural and traditional but the ideas just keep flowing.

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