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A Black Faced Ram

by Simon Bland / Dec 19, 2014 / Sheep Painting Sketch

Portrait of a black-faced ram

Black Faced Ram Sketch. 8x8, oil on linen. 2014

I painted this small sketch of a black faced ram at Weatherlea Farm in part because I wanted to try a creating something a little darker than usual.   I had taken a series of photos in the shadow cast by the large barn and there was only a trace of cool light illuminating the scene.  The ram's face was almost devoid of features in the original photo so I made some adjustments to the curve profiles before starting to use the reference photo.

I tried to work the edges as much as possible but I left everything else au premier coup: I find that sheep, like clouds, look better if you don't try and fuss over the details.