Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Drinking Sheep

oil on canvas 8x10"


when painting the fisherman scene below,
these young sheep gathered behind me,to drink from the river
interesting how they all stayed in the shade.

14 comments:

Parapluie said...

When we had sheep I was always amazed that the sheep were smarter than most give them credit for. the movement of the shading branches and the sheep on the water's edge is very real to me.

Maggie Latham said...

We have lots of sheep down here in Devon also! I have been meaning to ask you...have you changed your colour palette recently? I adore the fresh colours you are using.
Maggie

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love em Rob - they look like they're queuing up too!

rob ijbema said...

yes diane you always see them in the shade on hot sunny days,i suppose they've got no choice with those wooly coats!mind you these were all shaven

rob ijbema said...

no maggie,haven't changed a thing for ages,maybe it is the summer colors or maybe i'm more able to leave strokes alone and keep them fresh with no fussin'

rob ijbema said...

sheila if they are queing they must be english!

Sheila Vaughan said...

LOL !

Art with Liz said...

I always suspected sheep weren't that stupid. Great how you've caught that shadyness - how I envy you guys in the country!

rob ijbema said...

no lol if you are in a que

rob ijbema said...

thanks liz
i tried to carch the shadows with cool vs warm instead of dark vs light...

Keith Tilley said...

Lovely sense of light, as usual, and beautiful colours.
I like the way the sheep are understated.

rob ijbema said...

thanks keith
wasn't sure how far to take the sheep,thought if i stop early i can always finish them later...
never felt the need.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Aaaah sheep are adorable.
You've captured them beautifully here!
Hope they were plenty hydrated by the time you finished painting them ;-)

rob ijbema said...

hi jennifer
sheep are the best models!