“Ewe with a View” sheep painting
My seventeenth painting for advent, 17th December 2013.
With a panoramic backdrop of Belfast Lough and the Antrim Hills, this ewe and her brood really have to be the most scenic sheep in the field.
I remembered to photograph the painting as I worked to give an indication of how the painting process works…
I don’t always begin the same way – but for this subject, with interlocking forms, I chose to create a quick “drawing” first.
Firstly sketching the main shapes with watery burnt sienna paint, and immediately filling in the darkest areas of background to set give contrast and beginning to give form in the mid toned areas.
I added broad areas of background colour – to set the scene.
The ewe and lambs were then given colour, form and texture and a little extra detail added to the scenery and forground to complete the painting.
All finished – my sheep landscape – “Ewe with a View”!
Original acrylic painting on stretched canvas, measuring 8 x 8 inches.