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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Week 9: Six Sketches of Sweet Southdown Sheep

A busy week with 3 days away, a really lovely afternoon workshop here at the Church with the local art group and a frustratingly non productive printing day, which I will blog about later.  It’s all a learning process and sometimes experiments just don’t work but hopefully it won’t turn out too badly in the end.

So this week I just made six quick sketches of the sheep that live down the lane. They are delightful little Southdown sheep, compact and neat with close wool, and teddy bear faces. I see them almost daily and I look forward to seeing the spring lambs.

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The farmer sometimes writes about them in our village magazine. I wonder if he will recognise any of them..
“Ah there is Maisie! .. Oh look!  That’s a nice sketch of Blossom” 
I would be super impressed if he did!  
 
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I was drawing this one when I noticed I was very close to a wasp’s nest. The wasps were very busy.

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When they are close to the fence there are soft, tugging, tearing and chewing sounds. It’s very soothing.

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The rooks like to sit on their backs and sometimes perch on their heads.  The fields are slightly higher than the road so you usually see them through a screen of roadside grasses, twigs and, now dying, nettles.

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They seem very happy and contented sheep. They have the company of a couple of fine rams at the moment.

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I intend to do one very beautiful detailed drawing soon.

Sketches with pen and white paint on A5 kraft paper.

1 comment:

Lucy said...

Fantastic.

(I expect we'll all specially like the one that's smiling.)