“Sheep!” (8″ x 10″ oil on panel)

I’ve been wanting to paint sheep (or cows or horses) from life for a while and this was my first try. The day did not exactly cooperate and neither did the sheep! The dots you can see in the oil paint are because it started raining …and of course the lovely initially curious sheep wandered away – no doubt being more sensible that the human they found somewhere out of the weather. Anyway, I had actually anticipated that might happen so I took a couple of snaps of one of the sheep before she wandered off so I was still able to have a couple featured in the foreground and not just distant blobs. As I was going to pack up, the sun came out with some lovely slanting light across the field which I added and really brought this one to life. I touched up the foreground sheep in the studio but left the rest quite sketchy and suggestive. It really captures the afternoon.

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer


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