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Three Moon Gazing Hares

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DETAILS:
Artwork Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches
Framed Dimensions: 24 x 30 inches
Medium: mixed media on Illustration board
Year Created: 2012

Description: One of my favorite motifs, the hare and the moon symbol is an ancient one. In many cultures, hares are associated with the moon (we have the "man on the moon" in the West, whereas in many Eastern countries they have a "hare in the moon". ) In addition, there are a myriad of folktales on how the hare ended up on the moon. The hare in these stories is usually associated with sacrifice. In addition, the moon gazing hare is another popular motif (it was considered lucky to see a moon gazing hare). The rabbit or hare also symbolizes fertility and spring and is associated with the spring goddess (these tales later evolved into the more contemporary Easter bunny symbol). In this painting I also put some stylized flower decorative elements in the background. Some of the flowers are moon flowers (which bloom at night) and others are a type of bloom that has a phallic shape to it (anthurium) to represent fertility. Three is a sacred number as it forms a triad as well as represents mind / body / spirit. For more background on the number three and its significance, here is a good article.

Moon Hare painting

Moon Hares

Above: Artist Lynnette Shelley at St. Francis in the Fields Art Show, Malvern, PA (March 2013)





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