This morning our field neighbours cows were making a terrific noise, so I took the dog and of course the camera, and went to investigate.
I've not seen these cows before so I think they've been brought down from another field, but I was pleased with how friendly they were and managed quite a few lovely photos that I can use for drawings or paintings.
Although this fella is black there are so many blues in his fur that it will be fun (I hope) painting the light variations and the texture of his fur.
These two were so sweet, but a little more timid. I never did find out what the noise was about, but I'm guessing that the young heiffer was distressed over something. She didn't appear to have milk, so nothing to do with calf separation, but she continued to shout at the farmhouse all morning!!!
Last week I took my little camera and headed off to the Butser Ancient Farm. Do check out their website as they have all sorts of wonderful enactments and special open days. They keep small flocks of rare breed sheep, including Soay, which sadly wouldn't come very close so the pictures are blurry! These little Manx sheep had no qualms at all and followed me about as I took snaps. The texture of the adult wool is so long and luscious.
This is the Daddy of the above babies and he's a Manx Loaghtan, a bit scarey to look at, but actually very sweet natured.
I love this picture of him and can't wait to get drawing.
I'm pretty sure this little guy is a Shetland ram, but he looks very like the mouflon ram on the Ancient Farm website, so I need to check that out to be sure. He posed very nicely for several pictures and again seemed very sweet natured. Of course, if I had a bucket of feed he may be a little less polite :D
My initial sketch of the Shetland Ram looked really quite scarey!!!
But after blocking in lots of colours and going over it all several times I'm at a point that I'm happy to share. I'd like to refine his features a bit more as I've not really captured his calm expression. I may also crop the finished portrait as his body distracts the gaze from his head, what do you think?
I know it seems like I'm painting and drawing like a possessed person, which isn't far from the truth in all actuality! But you see, it's only 6 weeks until my first major fair and I'm so worried that I don't have enough 'stuff' to sell. I have to put together a display stand and a gazeebo as well, plus selecting the pictures to take to the printer to be made into greetings cards. Ah well, back to the easel now and time for another sketch, first a quick cuppa :D