Thursday, September 23, 2010

Artist Tip #24, Trailing of the Sheep Festival 2010, Sun Valley, Idaho

" Trailing of the Sheep II "
Copyright J.Bellinger 2010

I have fallen in love with painting sheep! I think it is the way they bunch up that makes for dramatic compositions. Designing a painting is my favorite part of the creative process. In this little painting I had the dark horse/rider and the black faced sheep...needed another dark area so darkend the shadows on the far left edge for balance.

If you are in town the weekend of October 8-10 please come by the Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage & Ski Museum, 1st & Washington to see my exhibit. I will be there Friday Oct. 8 from 5:00-7:30 to visit with folks. Chef Ric Lum "Delicious Revolution" will be serving lamb, you can meet Cindy and Jeff Siddoway, a ranching family from Mud Lake, Idaho and Kelli Young, board member, Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc.

Artist's Tip # 24: Use the largest brush possible (I use a #4 bright for 6x6 panels). Load your brush with paint (don't be stingy..its called painting for a reason and we aren't house painters) Put the stroke down..leave it alone! Go back get more paint, put it down..leave it alone. Keep putting strokes down...step back. See what needs modifying...keep edges soft/fuzzy for as long as possible. Hard edges mostly belong in the focal point area. Don't be concerned about details until all the main shapes are down. After composition, value is the most important. Third is color. Your color can be off, but the values must be correct or your shapes won't read correctly and will have a flat effect..fine if that is what you are after.


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You really have nailed painting sheep. This is beautiful.
The artists tip is right on, too.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Mary. Hard to get too fussy on a 6x6 with a #4 bright.
Glad you like it.

SYLVIANE said...

our sheep are wonderful, I love them!And thank you for the tips, I have to come back to your blog, and read it carefully!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Sylviane. I try to post tips that have helped me with my own work, things I know that will work consistanly. Always something more to learn.

Dean H. said...

Great painting, Jennifer.
I tried to comment on this a few days ago but guess it didn't get through.
Love the artist tip. I use all mentioned in the tip, but have to constantly remind myself to follow it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Dean. Yes, old habits can so easily creep back in.

La Petite Gallery said...

Awesome, I have painted 3 nice sheep paintings and worked so hard on them. Believe me you are so fantastic an artist, I am feeling humble looking at your work.


NJRR said...

Lovely sheep. I'm envious of your skill.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, NJRR. I'm happy that you like the sheep. I have been engrossed lately studying their history..such a valuable animal providing man with food and warmth.

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Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I've missed seeing you around the blogsphere! Your sheep paintings are delightful! Good to hear from you, thanks for stopping by my blog!
Merry Christmas!

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Jennifer,
I stumbled on a thumbnail of your beautiful painting on someone else's blog, thrilled to add myself as one of your newest followers!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Angela. I haven't been posting much lately...need to get with it! So glad to have you as a follower!