When it comes to studying Hares, I don’t have to go too far in search of inspiration, as my Studio nudges the Wiltshire Downs. On occasion, I’ve been VERY lucky in some of my close-encounters with these beautiful animals: from discovering some Leverets in my flower-bed, to seeing a grizzled old Jack dozing on the lawn! Their resilience against the weather, predators and, well, us, remains inspirational and more than a little humbling.
FOUR of my most popular Hare studies now have their own Collection:
‘PURPLE HARE #1’ is an important work in my career. It marks the first time I used these rich purple & blue tones for a wildlife piece. As things turned-out, so liberating was the discovery, that it was to become a gateway into several other works.
I’m particularly fond of how the splotches and splashes lend an air of movement to the work. In addition, I should mention the contrast achieved by the ‘golden eye’ against the purple tones; a real focus point. I’ve always loved the haughtiness of this character; how he looks at us from the corner of his eye, yet retains a cheeky air. Nothings fazes him. He’s seen it all before.
For ‘RAINBOW HARE #2’, I moved beyond the delicate brushwork of the very first Rainbow Hare. This one would be BOLD! My first step, was to apply bold, white brush strokes over a black base layer. Onto this, I added a glaze of transparent colours.
You’re looking at a happy experiment that paid-off here… The amazing effects, of seeing how different colours blend and flow into each other was unexpected and led to another burst of new work.
I also want to mention the orange bloom at the top RHS. This was achieved with a little dry-brushing, over the existing red underpainting. As before, it resembled the look of a sunburst, but this second attempt can also be read as a cloud of steamy breath on a bright, cold morning. Again, another happy accident…
As themes go, this purple-streak has been good to me over the years! Second time around, I wanted a more vulnerable feminine energy.
It makes a nice contrast to the rather haughty, imperious air of Purple Hare #1. To further soften the look, I got carried away with the ‘tendrils of colour’ used in her furry pelt. In fact, the more I look at the effect, the more it seems I’m shamelessly copying Van Gogh’s style.
Oh, and if If ‘PURPLE HARE #2’ looks rather startled, it’s because the subject was turning away, having heard the CLICK of Gary’s camera!
For ‘RAINBOW HARE #3’, I took another step forward after ‘Rainbow Hare #2’. The boldness was still there, but more accentuated. As before, my first step was to apply bold, white brush strokes over a black base layer. Onto this, I added a glaze of transparent colours.
But this time, I went further with my colours, choosing brighter, bolder strokes. Once again, I was dazzled at the way some tones ran, merged or collided with others. ‘RH#3’ brings a joyous sense of fun and energy to any setting.
The orange bloom at the top corner, was achieved with a little dry-brushing, over the existing red underpainting. As before, it resembled the look of a sunburst, but this third attempt can also be read as a cloud of steamy breath on a bright, cold morning. Again, another happy accident…
Martin and I love Ann’s fantasy artworks. We love how realistic the animals look and the colours suit our rooms so well! Having a story about the pictures really helps with the fantasy, and it’s easy to imagine the places you have depicted.
We have paintings and mugs and just love Ann’s attention to detail and fun subjects. She’s such a talented lady and we hope to add to our collection in future.
I recently purchased 3 beautiful Ann Richmond prints for my home which we are very happy with. Our friends thought they looked lovely and I will definitely be buying more!
I keep the print near my bed, as it is where I too, end up ‘Lost in a Good Book’, reading long past my bedtime. I also drift off dreaming myself into Ann’s fantasy world which seems to grow and expand every week! I’d have all the pictures if my little narrowboat had the space.
Hello & thanks for stopping by. I want to tell you something about the way I work and what drives me to paint.
As a few long-standing collectors of mine already know, I started my practice as a wildlife sculptor and worked for over twenty years as a commercial artist… But when that came to an end, I instinctively turned to painting. The step-away from 3D work proved a steep learning curve, but I think I’m getting there!
Turns out that the same approach used when sculpting original subjects also applies to painting them: as a Fine Artist, I try to capture something of an animal’s ‘soul’, rather than producing something copied from a photograph. To that end, I research each new subject extensively, aiming to find the look that best encapsulates the inspiration – or emotion – that I’m looking for.
As a result, I produce work that looks different to what you might be used to, but which stays true to my principles & vision.
Renowned painter of Magic Realism (and, occasionally, Wildlife subjects) Ann Richmond is based in Wiltshire, Southern England. We ship Fine-Art Prints, Gift Items & Original Works worldwide from our online store. Ann also considers select commissions & bespoke orders.
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