Jack Rabbit at Dusk

Jack Rabbit at Dusk - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Jack Rabbit at Dusk – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Jack Rabbit at Dusk is my most recent painting, I’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks now.  Jack rabbits are well adapted to their dry grassland habitat with their large ears, long lanky front legs and big powerful rear legs.  I find their looks strange and striking.

Years ago, my twin sister and I bicycled across the country.  We left in early June just after my sister’s college graduation, it took us two months to bike from Georgia to crossing over the Golden Gate bridge into San Francisco.  Until this adventure we had never been west of AlabamaI have been thinking about that trip lately.  I love biking, the slow pace and being out in the elements.  I remember traveling through the country roads, enjoying the feel of the sun, the wind, the sounds, smells and sights of the places we traveled through.  On our journey as the days went on, we began to realize that dusk and dawn were magical times when all of nature came alive with the birds and insects beginning their serenades against the backdrop of the orange sun low in the sky making long shadows that stretched across the landscapes.

One late afternoon having made it into the Idaho countryside we began to set up camp in a potato field.   As dusk approached suddenly out of nowhere several jack rabbits started appearing in the fields around us. They came from all directions.  We had never seen a jack rabbit before, they didn’t seem to be bothered by our presence. They were huge compared to the eastern cottontail rabbits we were used to seeing.  It was such a surreal moment, and so beautiful with the low sun and shadows dancing on the jack rabbits.  I will never forget that experience.  This painting doesn’t really do it justice but I wanted to try.  I am fairly pleased the him and hope you are also.

Purchase print here:  Jack Rabbit at Dusk

11 thoughts on “Jack Rabbit at Dusk

  1. Love your Jack Rabbit – and the biking story too. Had not heard that story, you should write more about that wonderful adventure!

  2. Thank you Melissa, I’ve been thinking about that trip because I want to get back into biking, we stopped when we moved here to Atlanta, it was frightening biking here, drivers didn’t know how to deal with bikers. Now there are more bike routes and trails to be explored.

  3. Wow, your biking story is amazing! What a great adventure and experience!! That’s impressive, Heni! As are your gorgeous paintings! 🙂

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