Saturday, 29 January 2011
Painting No 12 - Swaledale Rams Head
Oil on hardboard. 11" x 9"
I've always fancied painting one of these marvellous animals with their wonderful horns. I finally found some excellent photographs on Mike Watson's blog (here and here). It's primarily a bird-watching sight but Mike throws in a few other subjects as well. He gave me his permission to copy the above. Thanks Mike.
I'm generally pleased with the result but once again I was a tad over ambitious. Those horns are massively intricate in real life (see photo in first link above), which is one of the attractions but poses a serious challenge for someone trying to loosen up. All in all not a bad result. I quite like the fact that it's not an exact copy. The tones on the paints seem to add to the overall effect. I may have a go at one of Mike other sheep (and maybe a bird or two) later on.