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Queen Bee
10-22-2004, 03:08 AM
My best friend moved away this summer and her birthday is coming up. I am painting this to send her as a present. Her family used to raise sheep and she collects sheep related items.

It is 16"x20" on canvas board.

Here is the reference photo from RIL.

I accidentally painted over front legs and part of ear on the adult. Will have to fix that later.




HRH Goldie
10-22-2004, 04:48 AM
Coming on really well so far, I like the way you've tackled the background and nice to see you're not obsessing about the accidental 3 legged sheep! :D
You've got the right attitude in that your not getting bogged down in one area and so your painting is constantly moving forward.
I look forward to the next update. :wave:


10-22-2004, 08:19 AM
Looking good so far. I love the texture you have achieved in the background. The proportions of the sheep are excellent. Keep up the good work!


10-22-2004, 08:48 AM
You're doing great with this! The way the background is turning out is terrific tutorial/how to that I for one value highly :clap: !!! Will be interested in seeing how it finishes up!!!!

10-22-2004, 09:45 AM
I highly recommend *not* finishing one portion of the painting before moving on to the next. If the sheep ends up being a color that makes the grass look all wrong, then youíll be stuck changing all of the grass again Ė or youíll have to keep adjusting the sheep until it matches the grass, which is silly, considering the sheep is the subject of the painting.

Try painting in layers. Go over the entire canvas, putting in all of the big shapes roughly. Then go over the whole canvass again, and then again. This lets you establish rough composition and colors in the first pass, and from there the grass is revised at the same time that the sheep is. It all comes into focus together.

Also, I recommend covering the white background with a wash of some color (I frequently use a brown) so that where youíre stuck with the canvass peeking through, itís not glaring white. Itíll also help you to adjust your color range properly if you donít have that white surface blinding you.

Good luck!

10-22-2004, 10:12 AM
Oh I like seeing how you do this...I am so new and have lots to learn...all the thoughts in this thread are so helpful...good luck and I look forward to seeing this sheep completed

Queen Bee
10-22-2004, 11:36 AM
Christine, Dave, BVertoni,TxAggieDarling, and Quiet thanks for the comments and for looking.
I won't be able to do any more on this before late tomorrow.
Dave-the texture is acheived by using a little gel medium mixed into the paint on my pallet.

Queen Bee
10-30-2004, 12:03 AM
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this. I have been way to busy with dreary real life stuff.
Here are some more progress photos.





Two more pics in next post.

Queen Bee
10-30-2004, 12:07 AM


10-30-2004, 12:13 AM
This is really coming together.
I'm still amazed at that texture! What dose the gel medium do to the actual paint?
What type of paints are you using?
Can't wait to see more of this one!


Queen Bee
10-30-2004, 12:22 AM

I am using both Grumbacher and Liquitex acrylics and Liquitex Matte Opaque Extender Gel Medium. The gel extends drying time, makes acrylics perform like oils and increases the volume of paint. I love the fact that I can get great textures with it and it retards the drying time.

HRH Goldie
10-30-2004, 12:35 AM
I agree - just keep at it when you have time - do it the way you feel is right and then it should look right! :wave:


Queen Bee
10-30-2004, 02:44 AM
I am calling it done. Here is a pic of the final painting.


Queen Bee
10-30-2004, 05:26 PM

Mark Newton
11-11-2004, 10:35 AM
You should be very proud, it's an excellent job and I'm sure your friend will love it.