Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Winter Preening"
(Scottish Snowy Mountain Hare)

Pastel (60cm framed tondo)
Original Available

I loved the subtle softness of the hare & snowy surroundings in the beautiful reference photo and pastels seemed the perfect medium to try and do justice to this subtelty. Thanks so much to John Deakin, a talented lovely friend from Edinburgh for the awesome reference photo. John, along with fellow photographer wife Karen were fortunate to spend a few days trekking in the mountainous highlands to observe and photograph these little guys. Such special animals..they turn white in the snowy winters as camouflage against predators, this guy still has some grey on him at this stage. I hope to one day venture up into the Scottish mountains to see them.

Open Edition Giclee Prints available

scottish snowy mountain hare painting

Soft pastels, pan pastels and pastel pencils were used for this artwork, a perfect medium for these colourings to achieve the softness

On the easel to give a sense of scale, pastel is a messy business!

Framed in a high lacquered white frame, with white matboard. I love that these round tondo frames are a little point of difference for pastel artworks

snowy mountain hare painting

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