My first thought was that the sheep looked rather lonely, so I sourced another one to give it some company. In the end I used one of the sheep in the foreground of a painting I admire very much, titled 'Strayed Sheep' by William Holman Hunt (1852). The posture of the animal added a bit of drama to the piece - in the original painting it is perched on a cliff edge, but for this painting I inserted a tree trunk in the bottom right hand corner of the canvas. I also decided to accentuate the undulations of the hills in the background.
|Adding an extra sheep in bottom right|
|Adding branches and defining fields in the background|
|I added clouds to help the branches stand out more|
|More colour was added to the river and fields in the distance|
|More emphasis is given to the shadows made by the sheep|
And here is the end result:
|Sheep in the Cotswold (2015) (20" x 16") oil on canvas by Karen Davies|
My next painting is of a couple of my chickens in the snow last winter, so I'll be back to show you how that turns out, and hopefully many more in 2016.
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