Tuesday, July 26, 2011

After the Shearing

After the Shearing
Acrylic
20 x 36 cm

My second outing with the pochade box. This time I dipped my sleeve in some Titanium White! Lesson Two - 'Roll up your sleeves! The box worked well again though.

It was a grey day and I was struggling to find an interesting subject. Then I saw these sheep. They had been shorn recently and, unusually, they actually looked white with their clean wool - brilliant white, in fact, in the cool light.

19 comments:

  1. Super subject and perfectly painted. Glad you are enjoying getting out and about with the pochade, despite the mishap!

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  2. Hey there Keith!... From the looks of your second effort you are into the pochade box... "hook... line...and sinker... and up your sleeves as well! HAHA!!

    A loose and lively piece with great atmosphere! Have fun!

    Good Pochading!

    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  3. didn't know you had a beard, but good thing you shaved it off otherwise you could get paint into it as well. I try not to think to much of all the struggle going on in your car at the moment, and please DON'T I repeat DON'T place any photo's of the interior of it here (lol) Just kidding. I like you effort, sheep's are a pain to paint, the walk around and really don't care if your paint them. You did well!! What I miss a little is some more structure in the brush marks or underground, have you ever experimented with it? A gesso paste under the final coating I mean? It surely would take off the smoothness of the piece and give some surfaces some extra dimension. Nevertheless a gorgeous piece Keith.

    Ow as example, in some of Curtis work you see what I mean:

    http://www.djcurtis.co.uk/david_curtis/recent_workx.html

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  4. In other words,

    "Life like a beggar, paint like a millionaire!"

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  5. I love the aerial perspective in this one Keith. An excellent painting considering the problems you had and well worth the oil-covered shirt sleeves!

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  6. Hi Bruce,

    Yes it's really proving useful. Hopefully I'll get less 'into it' though as I use it more!

    All the best,
    Keith

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  7. Ha, ha! Good one René.

    Yes I have been thinking about a more textured surface. I tried the back of hardboard, but I'm not sure that works very well for these small paintings. I think I'll do as you say and get some texture paste.

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  8. Nice work Keith, and I love the threatening sky and sombre palette.

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  9. Really atmospheric!
    So beautiful i want to go there...now !!!!
    Sue x

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  10. Hi Keith, the colours are really lovely in your moody pastural painting. What adventures you are having and hopefully midge free. You must be enjoying time out with the paints. I was painting my bathroom today which was a shame as we had our first glorious sunny day in a long time!

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  11. Hi Caroline,

    Yes I've been enjoying using the pochade box.

    I was out painting in the sunshine today, using watercolours. I couldn't find any shade and it was a bit too hot in the sun.

    Then the van broke down and I had to walk home, so I was feeling a bit hot and sunburnt!

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  12. Lovely painting Keith. Well done. I know all about getting paint on your your self with a pochade. That is why I have just recently bought this lovely very light easel. I find this a better set up for me. All the best Keith.
    Vic

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  13. A very nice painting indeed Keith. Love the colours, and that big Caithness sky ... the sheep are just great! :))

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  14. Hello Vic,

    I prefer to use an easel as well, so that I can move about more. The box is more useful when I'm painting in my van, or when I'm walking a long way over rough ground.

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