Here they come. Thousands of them- all heralding the arrival of Spring and new life. Downunder where most of my subscribers live (upside down) we are in Autumn but we don’t mind as we don’t want the bunnies having babies (we have enough of them), we want the chocolate eggs they are carrying. All helping to celebrate Easter, holidays, and get togethers with family and friends.
So we get stuck into chocolate bunnies, chocolate bilbies, chocolate koalas. And when we’re not eating chocolate we’re devouring hot cross buns. In fact hot cross buns they appeared in the supermarket right after Christmas so you could have been eating them for months.
Did you know that Hot Cross Buns possibly go back as far as the C14th. The story goes that Brother Thomas Rocliffe from St Albans (Hertfordshire, England), made an Alban Bun to distribute to the poor on Good Friday. What I do know is that a plate of hot cross buns induces a great sense of community - except for that part where we fight over who is going to eat the last one!

And what has any of this to do with art? Believe it or not Chocolate Art is big time. You have a lot of fun being creative and then you get to eat your work! Or if you manage to sell it, someone else eats it! Let’s look at some chocolate art. Why bother seeing the real statues when you can have them in chocolate!
And I do like the chocolate tools.
Artist Jean Zaun creates replicas of famous paintings made entirely from chocolate. I'm not sure Van Gogh would be thrilled.
I got to thinking more about chocolate art and remembered Chocolate Box Art which originally referred to the illustrations that were printed on the top of a box of chocolates. This is a Terrys chocolate box.
Nowadays, Chocolate Box Art refers, somewhat negatively, to paintings that are too pretty, too idealistic and too sentimental.

But let's drag ourselves back to the sensible world of conventional art where we will look at some bunnies in paintings by famous people. One of my favourite artists is Albrecht Durer, a German Renaissance painter and print maker (1471 – 1528). I spoke about him some time back when I was talking about how to paint grass as he painted remarkable images from nature, including bunnies and hares! This one is Young Hare, a watercolour, painted in 1502.
The detail is remarkable.
THis Hans Hoffman painting of A Hare in the Forest is also delightful, painted in about 1585.
And for paintings of animals, including rabbits you can't beat Henri Baert (1889-1943). Unfortunately little is known about him. Here is his Two Rabbits.

My Painting Tip today for the artists is to study the works of Durer and practise copying some of his images.

I'm going to have a couple of days off from Blogging so that I can enjoy meeting up with friends and family. The ArtBlog will be back in a couple of days.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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