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After the Shearing

After the Shearing
20 x 36 cm

My second outing with the pochade box. This time I dipped my sleeve in some Titanium White! Lesson Two - 'Roll up your sleeves! The box worked well again though.

It was a grey day and I was struggling to find an interesting subject. Then I saw these sheep. They had been shorn recently and, unusually, they actually looked white with their clean wool - brilliant white, in fact, in the cool light.


  1. Super subject and perfectly painted. Glad you are enjoying getting out and about with the pochade, despite the mishap!

  2. Hey there Keith!... From the looks of your second effort you are into the pochade box... "hook... line...and sinker... and up your sleeves as well! HAHA!!

    A loose and lively piece with great atmosphere! Have fun!

    Good Pochading!

    Warmest regards,

  3. didn't know you had a beard, but good thing you shaved it off otherwise you could get paint into it as well. I try not to think to much of all the struggle going on in your car at the moment, and please DON'T I repeat DON'T place any photo's of the interior of it here (lol) Just kidding. I like you effort, sheep's are a pain to paint, the walk around and really don't care if your paint them. You did well!! What I miss a little is some more structure in the brush marks or underground, have you ever experimented with it? A gesso paste under the final coating I mean? It surely would take off the smoothness of the piece and give some surfaces some extra dimension. Nevertheless a gorgeous piece Keith.

    Ow as example, in some of Curtis work you see what I mean:

  4. In other words,

    "Life like a beggar, paint like a millionaire!"

  5. I love the aerial perspective in this one Keith. An excellent painting considering the problems you had and well worth the oil-covered shirt sleeves!

  6. Hi Bruce,

    Yes it's really proving useful. Hopefully I'll get less 'into it' though as I use it more!

    All the best,

  7. Ha, ha! Good one René.

    Yes I have been thinking about a more textured surface. I tried the back of hardboard, but I'm not sure that works very well for these small paintings. I think I'll do as you say and get some texture paste.

  8. Nice work Keith, and I love the threatening sky and sombre palette.

  9. Really atmospheric!
    So beautiful i want to go !!!!
    Sue x

  10. Hi Keith, the colours are really lovely in your moody pastural painting. What adventures you are having and hopefully midge free. You must be enjoying time out with the paints. I was painting my bathroom today which was a shame as we had our first glorious sunny day in a long time!

  11. Hi Caroline,

    Yes I've been enjoying using the pochade box.

    I was out painting in the sunshine today, using watercolours. I couldn't find any shade and it was a bit too hot in the sun.

    Then the van broke down and I had to walk home, so I was feeling a bit hot and sunburnt!

  12. Lovely painting Keith. Well done. I know all about getting paint on your your self with a pochade. That is why I have just recently bought this lovely very light easel. I find this a better set up for me. All the best Keith.

  13. A very nice painting indeed Keith. Love the colours, and that big Caithness sky ... the sheep are just great! :))

  14. Hello Vic,

    I prefer to use an easel as well, so that I can move about more. The box is more useful when I'm painting in my van, or when I'm walking a long way over rough ground.


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