A little Study of the Cape Hare

Thirty years ago, our son, John Oliver was given a little rabbit called Flapsocks. He was a delightful and soft little bunny, and as these things happen, time passed and we got more rabbits and later guinea pigs too.

photo of John and Flapsocks

The wild Cape Hare that we have now, is bigger than a domestic rabbit; but whenever I see him hopping about in the garden, I think of Flapsocks.

Since the Cape Hare has been feeding in our garden quite often recently, I have taken some photos, with the intention of doing some sketches. Unfortunately my photos were of poor quality, so I found a few good ones on the website : ARKive and have worked from those. It has been an enjoyable little excursion; and a reminder of Flapsocks, and those long ago days when our children were little.

Cape Hare study 1

Cape Hare study 1. Watercolour. 210 x 295 mm

Cape Hare study 2

Cape Hare study 2. Watercolour. 350 x 250 mm.

Cape Hare study 3

Cape Hare study 3. Pen & Watercolour 350 x 250 mm.

Cape Hare Study 4

Cape Hare Study 4. Pen and watercolour. 210 x 295 mm




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  1. Posted 13 Sep 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    These are great Mom. Top one looks like a mad hatter rabbit.
    The ears are so expressive on all of them!

    • Posted 14 Sep 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Thanks John, you are right about the top one, he has a touch of the eccentric in his eyes !!

  2. Posted 14 Sep 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I love these studies of the hares. I’ve always had a fascination for them and love their shape and detail.

    Your small son and his rabbit is sweet. My girls had a pet rabbit too, Rosie. Lots of adventures with her!

    And here, there are no rabbits as such, but Arctic Hare which are native or Snowshoe Hare which were introduced. Both are large and have populated the land as they do. Tripod has a goal in life which involves depopulating them unfortunately.

    • Posted 14 Sep 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Thanks Jeanette, I am also glad that we don’t have dogs who love to chase rabbits.

  3. Charles
    Posted 14 Sep 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hehe… cute… for the first photo especially 🙂

  4. Posted 16 Sep 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Lovely drawings Barbara I like the way you’ve used different styles & techniques.

  5. Posted 29 Sep 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    These studies are all beautiful!! So delicate, so light, so true! I’m impressed!

    • Posted 4 Oct 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cathy, I thoroughly enjoyed drawing them just as much as I enjoy seeing them almost every day on my walks in the veld !!

  6. Posted 13 Nov 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Lovely drawings of hares – they look as if they’re about to hop off the page. Sweet photo of little John too!

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