Thursday, August 6, 2009

Backlit ewes

Apart from providing meat, wool, and nice background sounds sheep also make magnificent models for painters. I am on vacation and got some time to paint anything I wanted, so I spent a few hours with Gunnar’s Gute ewes. I took great pains to add strong blues to their backs. Because our brains tend to alter visual impressions into more realistic ones, it can be hard to paint what we actually see and not what we know.

7 comments:

Øivind Egeland said...

A beautiful painting! The blue on the back works brilliantly, and you have made them seem real wooly. Nice looking sheep, by the way - reminds me of an oryx!

Måns Sjöberg said...

Thanks, Øivind! An oryx was the least ting I was thinking about but you have definitely got a point! To answer your email: I used a Kolinsky sable brush no 12 for the whole painting and made the soft edges by adding new brushstrokes when the previous ones were still wet. Some brushstrokes are ivory black, others cobalt blue or burnt sienna and yet others pure water. The light area below the black neck was just water but with neighboring colours partly merging with it. I tried to make the colours mix on the paper rather than in my painting box. I find that easier on Arches rough grained paper than on any other. The sunlit edges are untouched paper.

Su Chua Phin 徐蔡斌 said...

Well obviously your efforts paid off and will you just look at the results ... simply wonderful !

Jose A. Sencianes said...

Fantastic the light from back to the sheep. There are very dificult to put strong light and shadows in the same composition and you made it! Good Work!

Francisco J. Hernández said...

superb light effects !! congratulations !!.

Lluís Sogorb said...

Beautiful simplicity with which this work is determined and achieved great light. Congratulations.
Thanks for your visit and comment. Greetings from Spain.

Måns Sjöberg said...

Thanks a lot, gentlemen! I love to play with light effects and I will probably paint a few versions of this motif just for fun.