Change of Seasons April 3, 2012 | By Tammy Christel
American artist Jim Morgan’s impressionistic painting Rabbit Brush With Rabbit, a featured work in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’sChange of Seasons: Wildlife in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter exhibition, sparkles.
Infusing “sparkle” is a hallmark of Morgan’s painterly technique. A perimeter of sunlight surrounds his subjects; landscapes and wildlife shimmer, as if touched by a magic wand. The animal kingdom takes on a particularly genial air, and this wild rabbit is literally bright-eyed, bushy tailed, alert and animated!
The painting’s seemingly casual charm temporarily distracts us fromMorgan’s masterful use of light, shadow, texture and composition; deftly rendered vertical brushstrokes—-wisps of tall prairie grass—-add dynamic energy. Green brush, purple shadows, the focal detail of sunlight illuminating the rabbit’s ear, and lemon-yellow flowering sage capture this rabbit’s presence, habitat and a crystalline Rocky Mountain summer morning.
This post was written by Guest Blogger, Tammy Christel of the Jackson Hole Art Blog