Friday, April 22, 2016

4 Sheep

4 Sheep, 3.5" x 2.5"oil, Diane Mannion


These are some sort of rare Austrian sheep that reside in a nearby ranch here in Florida.  Their coats are kept short because of the heat.  First saw these critters a month ago and there were six pregnant females...  now the herd has more than doubled, some had twins!

I practice color thumbnail sketches for soon-to-come larger paintings that won't look anything like these mini-portraits.  Compositions will include more landscape views.  Exploring a more monochromatic palette, keeping color in reserve for  dramatic impact.  For example, loved how the red ear tag stood out in the top right sheep.

2 lambs
Herd following caretaker


2 comments: said...

Another impressive collection of small paintings. I love the way the red pops against the neutral colors. For me - I also admire the way you have painted the dappled light on the top two. Beautiful!

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks a lot, Julie Ford Oliver! There's so much to explore with color. Interesting how it works when set against neutrals. Too much fun.