Hares In A Poppy Field

Hares In Poppy Field Rabbits Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Poppy” today, I first thought of that poppy field from The Wizard of Oz, but then ended up with a couple of hares relaxing in one. With everything that’s happening in the world, moments like these are more precious than ever. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had the time to just sit still and relax. Taking a little extra time today to paint was a rare treat indeed. While I do find painting a very relaxing hobby, I have to admit that after I’d sketched my bunnies, I was a little fearful of putting them into a scene without messing things up. I wanting more of a dreamy look for today, which isn’t something I’m well-practiced at doing. Watercolor is fabulous, but as we all know, it has a mind of its own. Yet, I’m committed to trying new things this month and practicing new skills. And, I have to say, it was really fun to see a location slowly manifest itself, like waiting for a polaroid picture to develop.

While I’m typing this, my dog Phineas is curled up in a ball next to me and snoring. I’m convinced that I don’t actually know how to relax properly and he’s got it all figured out. He just seems so incredibly content and not at all bothered by something he’s forgotten to do or has to get completed next. Indeed, that’s a dog’s life for you, but it’s a great reminder to occasionally let my mind drift away a bit, and think of nothing much at all. Or at least take a moment to lay in the grass and stare into the clouds and find all of the hidden shapes and characters there. There’s probably bunnies there as well as they are just everywhere this season. I spotted three of them playing outside my window today and it was really fun to watch. I couldn’t quite figure out the rules of the game, but they didn’t invite me to join, so I didn’t have to embarrass myself by trying to play along.

Philippe has been upstairs working all day while I’ve been working downstairs. This is our new normal and it’s been working out just fine. We meet up at mealtimes, but otherwise just do our own thing. He sings while he works and I can hear him faintly in the background. It’s rather comforting, really, and nice change from listening to Phineas as he snores. Though, yes, hearing those little, and sometimes not so little snores, is always a great comfort as well. All of this will change shortly when Phineas bursts to life again and suddenly demands his dinner. The transformation is practically instant and almost startling. Life certainly isn’t the same as it once was, but it’s still quite lovely, and the things I love most haven’t changed at all. Yet, I often feel I’m still learning to truly appreciate these quieter moments, always reminding myself to steal a little extra time to pause and enjoy life, like hares in a poppy field.

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  1. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Wow this is fabulous…and I think this pandemic has reminded us all to take time and relax in the poppy fields…Thanks for sharing this!!🧡

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Indeed we definitely need to take time to relax!

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Fantastic Charlie! I love it when I see my wild bunny outside my kitchen window nibbling on the thyme and the weeds early in the morning. They do remind you to relax.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Awww your morning bunny sounds wonderful!

  3. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    They do look relaxed and happy in that field of poppies.Oh to relax in a field of wildflowers, face warmed by the sun and to watch the clouds float by. Heavenly.

  4. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I’m loving the softness of today’s style. It still has that Charlie O’Shields touch but seems more relaxed. I think that’s what you were going for, and if so, you succeeded! If not, you still succeeded in creating something beautiful!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Glad you liked this approach! It’s the one I rarely have time for… hehe… when things have to dry! Ugh! hehe

  5. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto

  6. Laura Kate 2 years ago

    I love your background on this one, Charlie. And the rabbits both have very expressive faces.

  7. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    I immediately thought of the Wizard of Oz also and could hear the wicked witch saying, “Poppies…poppies.” 😊 This virus has definitely changed our lives and has helped us see what really is important. Well, for most of us. For me, being so seriously injured and for so long, my world view had already changed. Facing a life-threatening injury that came out of nowhere and the following brutal pain, taught me how quickly life can change. Life is so fragile. You realize quickly that cell phones, computers, material things don’t compare to what’s really important. I used to sit and watch Monster sleep and listen to him snore. He looked like a baby. I couldn’t imagine not having him in my life. I am so glad that I did. Those memories mean so much to me now. Of course, if he slightly opened his eyes and saw me watching him, he would growl. Grouch!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww Monster does sound like a grouch! But a wonderful one! 😃💕 So true… life can change in a heartbeat, we never know what will happen next. It’s always best to cherish and enjoy the most important things each and every day!

  8. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Oh I love this goes with my current hate obsession!

  9. Lisa 2 years ago

    It’s my favorite so far. I’m kind of obsessed with rabbits. We raised them when I was a young teen. We had a giant white one when I was a gradeschooler. I’ve written poems about them, painted them and I used to walk with a cane which was topped with a wooden rabbit head. Plus I love the moon rabbit.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, LIsa! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve always enjoyed rabbits, but lately, they’ve become my thing as well. So intriguing!

  10. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. I don’t very often see hares, but it’s a real thrill when I do.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I would love to see hares… we only have rabbits and bunnies here!

  11. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    What a lovely scene!

  12. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    This is quite lovely! Yes indeed, peaceful. Something we could all use right now. I enjoy the days that I am home by myself. I can get lost in my own little world some days.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 It’s so fun to get lost in our own little world, isn’t it?!

  13. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I love the hares and the poppies blowing in the breeze! It’s a very relaxing scene indeed. I also love that you like lying in the grass and looking for shapes in the clouds. Cloud bunnies definitely exist but my favorite bunny is the one I see in the full moon. My Mom used to tell me it got there when it was chasing a balloon and ran into space while running up a tall mountain. He still stays there because he hasn’t yet got his balloon back. 🙂 I believed her back then – and still believe it!


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      I adore that story your mother told you… she sounds amazing! 😃💕 Those are the kind of stories that make us believe that anything is possible. They’re such a gift!

  14. Bird 2 years ago

    To live in the moment are one of the things we can learn from animals. Excist here and now without thinking about past or future. Beautiful hares, it`s tempting to reach out and try to touch them, but I guess they would run away then…

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      So happy you enjoyed this!! 😃💕 Animals have so much to teach us!

  15. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    I love this Charlie

  16. sue clancy 2 years ago

    Very nice! I love the colors and the way they add a relaxed energy

  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    I didn’t get the allusion when I was a kid and first read The Wizard of Oz, that Baum wrote about the powerful poppy plant and its ability to narcotize. Then I went to college and found out a few things. Your bunnies in the poppy field seem to be having fun so we’ll assume they’re only 9 years old and reading The Wizard of Oz for the first time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, between The Wizard and Alice and Wonderland… things just didn’t become as clear until college. 😉 hehe

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