|Highland cattle in the snow at Belton|
Continuing with the snow and animal theme, here are the highland cattle I painted on Tuesday morning. I had it on good authority before I started that they are a friendly and docile bunch! Mostly they stayed away from me but this one was really curious and I think he wanted his portrait painted!
I didn't want to refuse so I put him in straight away. Then at this point I started thinking 'actually, I haven't got a very interesting composition on the go here. Just a big animal staring straight at me'. That's one of the drawbacks of painting plein air to be honest with you. For various reasons when you're outdoors you run the risk of ploughing straight in with the painting and not giving time to planning first.
And this is how it ended up!
I've had an admin and coffee day today but I'm hoping to get back out there tomorrow, as the snow has started falling again here and is due to continue all night. For all of you stuck in a snowdrift this weekend I hope you manage to keep warm (no power cuts please!) and for my friend Carol Lee Beckx in Australia - don't go out without your sunhat and sunscreen!