Thinking of the contrasts between sheep in pictures by Henry Moore and Samuel Palmer, I instigated a foray into a field full of sheep of my own! Using a large, liner-rigger brush enabled me to make exciting lines and marks that make the field bristle and brim with activity.
Moore’s Sheep drawings are so 3Dimensional and I love the way that (like in the tube shelterers) he uses less detail as they recede into the distance, to the extent that the farthest away are such simple, basic cloud shapes – Go and see the way I use the lines and marks to create a strong sense of depth in my field of sheep and how simple they appear to be in the distance!
I also love the group or flock feeling of togetherness that comes through in Palmer’s sheep pictures but his light is often softer illumination. I want sharp and striking contrast with my sheep.
My sheep are real characters and I tried to convey their personality and deportment to create contrast and humour. This mural is open to the public and situated in ‘The Secret Garden’ in the Fleece Hotel, Cirencester Market Place which is undergoing a major refurbishment and will open officially on 19th April.
I would like to thank Aderyn Roberts, Exhibitions & Education Officer, New Brewery Arts Cirencester for co-ordinating the project and also Rachel Wootton and Gareth Ireland of Shire Hotels for their help and support.