Smiling Sheep

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The entire surface of the pond is covered with a mix of Ultramarine Blue + MUD + a touch of White. Then, using colors left over from the trees and old mill, reflections are pulled straight down into the wet blue paint.

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The finishing touch on the pond is to indicate the edge of the water where it meets the bank. Next time you are near a calm body of water take a moment to observe the edge. Sunlight catches the bits of leaves and debris, along with a little foam, that collect along the bottom of the bank. A fine, broken line of Ultramarine Blue + White is made to indicate this. Just click on the picture if you would like to see it larger.

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Cuttalossa Farm, where Bromley Mill is located, raises Olde English Miniature Babydoll Sheep, better known as “Smiling Sheep.”

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Isn’t this baby precious? I love her little grin!

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The basic light and shadow pattern of the sheep is blocked in first. A mix of Ultramarine Blue + a little Cadmium Orange + a lot of White is used. MUD is added for the darker areas.

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Pure White is used for the highlights on the bodies and ears of the sheep.

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Our trio of sheep is done. The baby is a little shy, if you’re quiet she may come out and smile for you! Notice the grass in the foreground is warmer, or more yellow, than the greens in the distance. This makes it come forward from all of the trees in the distance. Painting all these greens is challenging, but if you’ll keep in mind that cooler and duller colors go back it will be much easier next time you paint a landscape. And…. I want to say thank you to all of the artists at Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art who have welcomed us. Jack and I are so thrilled to be part of your team. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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4 Responses to “Smiling Sheep”

  1. Dorothy Whisenhunt Says:

    This painting is turning out beautiful !!!

  2. Dorothy Whisenhunt Says:

    LOVE the colors . . .

  3. Howard Cooperman Says:

    I am really enjoying watching the progression of your work.

  4. Maria Elvira Tóth Says:

    … very – very nice !

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