Hazardous Occupation? Don’t lay your eyes on a Hare.

I have already produced a hare screen print (see here) but thought it was about time i did a watercolour. People seem to love them. This one is legging it from something! Probably a pack of dogs! In fact hare’s after foxes are the most numerous prey of hunting activities in Britian, about 1600 are killed annually by packs of dogs. What a way to go! Run, run for your life. Apparently the Hare has a greater volume of blood in it’s body than any other animal its size. This makes its meat very dark, it also presumably is necessary to carry enough oxygen arround its system to supply its running legs!

Hare watercolour paintingHares have long been associated with people with hazardous occupations, Fishermen for example will not utter the word “Hare” while at sea. They might not even get in their boats if they see a hare on the way to them. Miners similarly will not set foot in the mine shaft if they encounter a hare on the way to work.

One of the most common british old “hare” beliefs is the association with witchs. It was thought that witches were capable of turning themselves into hares, presumably in order to do a runner from the trouble they had a hand in or a pointed nose in.

Below in the painting in progress.

Hare watercolour painting in progress

All images © Daniel Mackie
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3 thoughts on “Hazardous Occupation? Don’t lay your eyes on a Hare.

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