Monday, February 29, 2016

Eight Years Old and Song to the Sun's return

Today this blog is eight years old! Or should I say two? It was created on this day, the 29th February,  which of course only comes around every four years.
Back in 2008 I began it as a sort of visual diary really, just to record my creativity, places I visited and other bits and pieces along the way. I have never really been any good at keeping a diary, but the ability to upload pictures appealed to me and the journey began. I named it Moonlight and Hares because they were just two things that I loved and included in my paintings regularly. Back then my two hobbits were children and now they are both young adults. Time is so very precious isn't it. Time has changed the way we interact online. Many blogs that I used to read no longer exist and Facebook and Instagram have replaced some. But there is something strange and therapeutic and satisfying about keeping a blog. It is still my preferred social media, even if I don't post that often.
To celebrate the eight years I thought it would be nice to do a giveaway.

I've recently completed this painting. 'Song to the Sun's return' inspired by my January trip to Lapland.  
 I wanted to do this painting a little differently so the shape and some of the symbols are inspired by SΓ‘mi shaman drums. I have painted the sun symbol with real shell gold and to try and get the same effect, hand highlighted the prints in my shop with gold paint. 

If you would like the chance of winning a copy of this print, just follow and comment below. I will choose one winner next week sometime and announce it the next time I put up a blog post. Only comments published on this blog will be counted, as this give-away is to celebrate the blogs Birthday.
Good luck and thank you for reading! :-)


60 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, beautiful and powerful. You've perfectly captured the returning sunlight warming the earth in the still cold season. I got shivers down my spine. ( the good kind

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  2. Beautiful image and a great prize. Xxxxx

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  3. Beautiful image and a great prize. Xxxxx

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  4. I am so glad you started your blog!! Happy 8th Birthday. I love seeing your work, and your Song to the Sun's Return is just magically stunning. Oh, how I would love to gaze at that in times of stress and darkness! X

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  5. I love reading your post and follow you on facebook and Instagram but as you said i prefer a good blog read just seems more personal I just love yours. Adore your work always, have a happy blessed evening ;o)

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  6. This blog is a beautiful creative thing and through i visit the places both creatively and in travel that I have longed for. I too love moonlight and hares and ask woodland places. Right now i love next to water and th moon on that water in wonders is timeless,like the suns return in the morning. You works is powerful and evocative.thanls for sharing it through the blog.

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  7. Your blog paints magical pictures in my head and my heart. I love your work of which I have some and aim for more. Thankyou for your contribution to my life and imagination 🌟😊😊

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  8. Happy Birthday to your blog! As another lover of all things moonlit and hare themed, this has been a happy accidental discovery I made relatively recently, but the sense of peace and of being grounded in yourself that you convey gives me hope that one day I will achieve the same. Blessings.

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  9. Your blog paints magical pictures in my head and my heart. I love your work of which I have some and aim for more. Thankyou for your contribution to my life and imagination 🌟😊😊

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  10. I'm happy to join the readers of your blog. It was through your Facebook page that I have found it. I love your artworks and this place feels peaceful, soothing and enchanting in a soft way. I love the magic world created in this space and the slowly falling snowflakes are enhancing pleasantly that feeling. I wish you many happy celebrations and inspiring moments!

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  11. Congratulations on your 8 year anniversary. I am so glad to have found your blog. Thank you for the generous give-away, I would treasure this print if I won.

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  12. Happy 8th birthday!! Im glad I found your wonderful blog and your wonderful artwork. I always use to come here, if not to read your posts, then to listen to the enchanting music. Great picture, you've really captured the northern lights!

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  13. Beautiful and magical picture, I think there is almost something of an Russian Icon picture about it. Love your blog. Maura xx

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  14. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love Instagram but there's nothing like visiting a blog, there's so much more to it isn't there? I love your golden painting, it's a gorgeous giveaway. xx

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  15. Happy blogiversary. I am so glad you have continued to share here, we've lost so many beautiful voices and visions to the humdrum of Facebook et al. I have loved reading here for many years. Thank you for such a generous giveaway, the painting is sublime.

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  16. Happy blogiversary I have loved reading your gentle and lyrical words and your beautiful artwork. What a wonderful giveaway x

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  17. I adore your blog and your art, they make my heart sing. The hare is my totem animal too. I would love to enter the giveaway.

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  18. Happy Blog anniversary. It is a gorgeous picture Karen. We have half the family in Finland and you pick out the tradition of patterning beautifully. The give away is such a treat. Thanks.

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  19. The glorious golden light emanates from the painting; it makes me want to step right into the scene and join with the Reindeer in singing to welcome the Sun. A visual celebration. Xxx

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  20. oh my goodness. I hope so much that I win this beautiful print

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  21. Happy birthday and thank you for sharing such uplifting and heart centred work with the world! <3

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  22. Happy birthday and thank you for sharing such uplifting and heart centred work with the world! <3

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  23. Happy blog birthday Karen! �� I always look forward to a new one and your wonderful words that accompany the fab photos. Here's to another eight years! �� x

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  24. Happy Blog birthday! I so enjoy your inspirational and spiritual words and art.

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  25. Happy Blog birthday. Still love the starlight hare picture that my husband bought me a few years ago. I've moved other pictures around but not him. He's mystical. Love your newer work too.

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  26. Congrats on eight years, Karen :) Always look forward to your blog posts, as know they will be filled with meaningful words and beautiful photos. Great link to very interesting sami drums article. The gold on the 'Song to the Sun's Return' really illuminates the whole piece - very special indeed:) xx

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  27. Happy 8th blog birthday. Your art is beautiful.

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  28. Happy anniversary on this beautiful blog. I am always so happy to see a new post as I don't do FB or other media. Your images and words resonate deeply with me - thank you so very much.
    "Song to the Sun's Return" is very moving. Tonight I just saw a program on Japan's north country, the snow country. Beautiful and made me think of your work.
    Mary

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  29. Congratulations on 8 years! You don't look a day over 2! Must be the magic.

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  30. Thank you for continuing to share your creativity and beautiful work! It is a favorite spot to visit - especially when I need to reconnect with the magick of nature. Happy blogiversary!!!

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  31. I am glad you still favour blogging, it is difficult to keep it up - mine languishes often - but it is such a lovely way to express ourselves, connect with other bloggers and record artwork and magic moments - long may it continue. Your Iclandic trip has certainly given your paintings a new direction, I like the gold. Betty

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  32. Happy Birthday to your blog! thank you for all your woodland stories and beautiful creatures. Your blog remains one of the cosiest place among all these facebooks and instragrams and twitters. Good luck.

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  33. That's a magical painting, like all your lovely paintings. I always enjoy your blog posts, including the music that sometimes plays on them and the sparkly dust the drifts over them. :)

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  34. Wow, happy birthday! 8 years, that is amazing. And your work is sooo awesome! I love reading your blog!

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  35. Llongyfarchiadau a Penblwydd Hapus
    Congratulations and Happy Birthday
    Beautiful words and illustrations always.

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  36. Happy Birthday! Love following your blog:)) Keep up the good work. Renee

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  37. Another magical and ethereal piece of art, so count me in!

    Kristin

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  38. Really beautiful! I love the gold sun!

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  39. Happy Blog Birthday, Karen! It's one of my favourite places on the net to come visit!

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  40. Happy Blog Birthday, Karen! It's one of my favourite places on the net to come visit!

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  41. Happy Blog Birthday, Karen... I have always loved your blog. Your artwork is such an inspiration. It touches my heart.
    blessings,
    Penny

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  42. Happy Birthday, Moonlight and Hares Blog! I have been following you since about September of 2008 when I started my own blog! I had to be away from mine and my art for awhile but am posting fairly regularly now and enjoying it again. I enjoy some of the new blogs that are businesses in and of themselves but I like the "old" fashioned ones better. My reason for blogging is much like yours. I really enjoy visiting to see what you have been up to! Received my postcards and I love them! Happy soon to be Spring!

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  43. Really enjoy your blog, particularly those that feature your local area as I lived quite close some years ago. Your blog and your art has such a lovely restful quality and is a real treat! I love this piece, the gold is particularly gorgeous.

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  44. Really enjoy your blog, particularly those that feature your local area as I lived quite close some years ago. Your blog and your art has such a lovely restful quality and is a real treat! I love this piece, the gold is particularly gorgeous.

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  45. Happy blog birthday!! I really enjoy this window into your creative process. I have at least one of your prints in each room of my house, as well as an exquisite hare in my workshop, your art work brings joy into my life every day! Thank you for all the beauty :)

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  46. Happy Anniversary Karen - I've been reading your blog from its beginning and your artwork and hares hang all around our house. I hope you will continue writing x

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  47. A very Happy birthday!!Have been reading your blog as one of my favorites throughout the time it has been here and am so pleased you will keep going with it!!! Your work and writing is so inspiring!

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  48. Happy Blog Birthday! This is one of my favorite places to visit. I adore your art.

    How generous of you to give away that beautiful piece! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  49. Happy Blog birthday, Karen. I haven't been following since the very beginning, but it has been quite a few years now, and your blog is one of a very small number that are my 'essential' reading, the ones I go to when I need to be inspired, or to believe there is still magic in the world. Sometimes I used to read your blog and just leave it open to listen to the beautiful music you had chosen. One day, I will get up early enough (or perhaps it's stay up late enough!) to manage to snaffle one of your hare hangers...I've been eyeing them off for years but they are always gone by the time I get to your Etsy shop...sigh, the joys of living in a different time zone! May there be many more years of magic!

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  50. Wow what an incredibly magical and special picture! :D -I tried to comment a few days ago but don't think it appeared, but sorry for the repeat if it did! Congratulations on 8 years! I just want to say that your artwork inspires me so much - as an aspiring artist myself and in the way the loving, magical essence of your pictures really shines through; whenever I look at your artwork and read your blog posts I am reminded me of the simple things I really value in life and that make me happy! I am 18 now but discovered your blog when I was 13 and love it. Thank you for this fab opportunity to win the picture, and may you continue finding success, joy, magic and light in life, and sharing your wonderful creativity! x Ellie

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  51. Happy birthday to you! Who would have thought that your beautiful blog would have evolved to become the magical place it is today. I sat rented my blog eight years ago too, not knowing quite why. I choose a name for much the same reasons. It has been an interesting journey, here's to the next chapter x

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  52. ow beautiful Karen..and congratulations on your blog anniversary...love Suzy xxx

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  53. Happy Blog birthday -- either 8 or 2! What a beautiful picture and a generous offering.

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  54. I fell upon your beautiful blog , whilst I was nursing my dear Mama with Alzheimer's , ooh possibly 7 years ago ! I feel in love with the magic and escapism i found here and I've never left ! I wish you many more years on blog ~ asphere dear Karen ! With hugs and kisses Maria ( Rosey tinted of course ) xx

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  55. I love your blog and paintings. I ordered a print of "The Rosehip Spell" for my husband, who has become attached to foxes. The painting reminds us of us. I live in Michigan, where there's a lot of snow--but it vanished this week, and now the blackbirds are singing in the marsh that was iced over until a few days ago.

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  56. I love your blog and paintings. I ordered a print of "The Rosehip Spell" for my husband, who has become attached to foxes. The painting reminds us of us. I live in Michigan, where there's a lot of snow--but it vanished this week, and now the blackbirds are singing in the marsh that was iced over until a few days ago.

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  57. I love your work, it is so beautiful and the photography is lovely.
    Happy birthday to your blog!

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  58. Happy blog birthday!! Such a beautiful painting.

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