Saturday, December 5, 2009

Guage and sheep backsides

This is a wonderful piece entitled 'Harriet' as created by our friend (John) Matthew Moore using a French technique called guage.

He came up with the idea of doing barnyard 'portraits' and to be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. I mean, what exactly is a sheep portrait?

After some comical efforts at getting the sheep to hold still and look at us, we were successful at getting some decent, very high-resolution photos. Matthew uses these photos to paint his portraits.

We came very close to doing a 'sheep backside' series, but in the end, we were triumphant!

I have to say that his portraits do a fine job in capturing the many subtleties that make each sheep as unique to the shepherd as the people we know.

His portraits hang in some very special homes around the world and are available as large paintings (Harriet was original about 4 x 4 feet) or as high quality reproductions.

Matthew sends his paintings to London for the very best reproduction quality available and they are available in custom sizes.

He is currently working on a cow series and a pig series, hopefully, to include our Hereford pig Gloria!

To contact him, visit his website at:

1 comment:

  1. That is SO pretty, it really captures her expression well, and the texture of the hair. I love it.