Sunday, August 27, 2017

Painting Live Sheep at the Fair

At the Dutchess County Fair this weekend, I find a Southdown ewe lamb that could make a good model. She's wearing a coat to keep her clean after being slick shorn and washed. (Link to video on YouTube)

The limited palette of gouache includes white, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, purple, and red. I skip the drawing stage and dive right in with the brush, working out the big shapes immediately. 

The great thing about gouache is that if I find a mistake in my reckoning, I can easily fix it as I go.

The painting takes a little over an hour, compressed into about a minute of time in the time lapse sequence above. 

I'm using a new camera, the mirrorless Canon EOS M6, which has a built-in time lapse function.

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