Practice times three

I heard once, there is no failure, just steps closer to success! Nothing could be truer!

This week I’ve been focusing on sheep. On our trip to New Zealand last year, we visited a lovely place called Smith’s Farm and encountered some friendly sheep.

I am attaching all three practice versions, all on Arches 300gsm CP not paper, all about 7.5″ x 11″, approximately 18cm x 28cm.

The goal was to be loose, something I am still struggling with, but since there is no such thing as failure, I will enjoy the journey of practice.

After each version, I redrew the sheep, sketching and shading, wanting to keep my strokes to a minimum. I was happy enough with the third, even though I knew another attempt wouldn’t hurt. But it’s time to move on!



      • This is so true.. I remember drawing the same portrait twice. I never imagined myself drawing something twice in one sitting but my second try actually really was quite amazing in comparison. I think your “hands” are more trained the second/third time round, you know where it needs improvement. We also sometimes only hate one part of a drawing “it’s the eye area” you might say… but usually if that is “off” than so is a lot of other things. Instead of “rubbing” out the area which isn’t “right”… by restarting you have the ability to do a whole lot more.. And that’s the same for painting! I myself haven’t had the chance to redo painting or even sketching would like to though. πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you Rae, for your lovely comment, and yes it is so very true! I have found that I will learn and improve most by redoing. Often I will practice a section of painting several times, this will give me more confidence for the overall picture. πŸ™‚

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  1. What a wonderful journey! Number three hit the mark and I see you signed him.

    You say that after each version you redrew the sheep, sketching and shading, wanting to keep your strokes to a minimum.
    Does this mean that you went directly into another watercolor? or that you did another separate study in pencil before starting the next watercolor?

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    • Thanks Holly! It means I started the study all over again from scratch. The only common factor was my reference photo. As the photo wasn’t brilliant, I resorted to my tried and true method of searching for sheep skulls on google, to better understand the shape. Also looking at many other photos showing angles of the face helps. In fact the next best thing to true life is watching a video of them moving. πŸ€— This all helped! But now i have seen so many sheep, I am all sheeped out and need to move onto my next project! πŸŒžπŸ€—

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