Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire:‘A Boy, his Rabbit and an Obelisk’
A little stone lad stands in the formal gardens at a place I find beguiling and unique: Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens.
He cradles at his shoulder, a rabbit. He holds it firmly with ownership, by its ears, and yet with affection too &ndash: you can tell his rabbit is his favourite thing.
He stands at the end of a corridor created by shaped Yew trees toward the back corner of the garden. He's easy to miss.
Spotted with lichen and subtly carved, I wonder how many people who do see him there, don't detect he's holding a rabbit.
He stands there looking directly at us, in the sunshine of a bright vivid summers day – proud and haughty like a little prince.
original plein‑air painting
- Artwork Size: 25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 ins)
- Medium: oil
- Ground: canvas panel
- Frame: Yes. Available without.
I love making landscape art out in the open, called En Plein‑air, even when the weather is not as lovely as it was the day I painted this young gentleman.
Plein‑air painting takes a bit of organising, and you become a real pedant about the kit you use. I'm constantly reviewing the art clobber I have to carry, and trying to find lighter alternatives.
There's nothing to beat the process of bagging a view, conquering the elements and finishing with a paintign that captures something unique and precious.
Of course, here in this beautiful garden, there was little hardship to be honest. The satisfaction of bringing home this delightful and intriguing little man, and his bunny rabbit, was difficult to beat all the same. I might paint him again some day.