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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

Jim Morgan (United States, b. 1947), Rabbit Brush with Rabbit, 2004. Oil on Linen. 12 x 16 inches, JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. ©Jim Morgan.

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