Sunday, 15 March 2009

Sheep





We had heavy snow a couple of weeks ago, which is very unusual for this area.

It is always a treat to be able to paint a fresh snowscape. There is almost an excitement as I get my palette ready; anticipating the fact that there'll be a landscape that I know so well - with new pale, cold tones and softer outlines and undulations.

The top photograph shows this painting (oil on canvas, 41 x 61cm). During the following days, and the snow thawed, I returned to the same view. With the snow painting I love the fact that the snow was so white and sharp, that I made the sheep far more yellow and golden than one would usually expect.

[The thumbnails above do not show the pictures in proportionate size to each other. The middle one is square, and small than the others at 35 x 35cm; and the one at the bottom is longer and thinner at 45 x 81cm]