I love this time of year in Caithness as little lambs are being born all around us - we can look out the windows of our dinning room, sun room and kitchen and see them bounding all over the fields behind our house, running after their mums and forming little gangs that race up and down after each other. It's cuteness overload (and I try not to think about their fate despite all the many TV adverts showing their cooked limbs served up with mint sauce - yuck).
Anyway, we've been taking loads of photos of the lambs with their mums and I decided to do a little ACEO version before trying a larger painting.
|A mother's love - ACEO in gouache and watercolour|
I wanted to try something a bit more expressionistic for the background rather than trying to paint in what was actually there so I dripped some paint and just let it run to see what it would look like. I think I like it, although it'll be interesting to see how it looks on a larger piece.
I think because the animal paintings I've been doing recently have been semi-realistic and very detailed and time consuming I just wanted to try something a bit looser and fun. It seems that I'm not ready to tie myself down to just the one 'signature' style just yet!