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Pastel on acid free foam core board prepared with Art Spectrum sanded medium in rust. 10 × 10″.

From a reference photo I took in September 08, in County Mayo Ireland.


landscape, green, sheep, pastel, ireland

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • brianboyce50
    brianboyce50over 5 years ago

    Very nice work Alice from a beautiful part of Ireland.

  • Thanks Brian – we loved it there! Should be a bunch more pastel sheep coming out of my studio soon. There was plenty of subject matter on Achill – and sheep always sell. (WHY???!!) lol

    – Alice McMahon

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 5 years ago

    I really love the rustic feel of this image.

  • Thank you Marilyn. Suits the setting then. :)

    – Alice McMahon

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulover 5 years ago

    Love the ruggedness and the textures. Makes the painting.

  • Rugged is a good word for the Achill Island area. The prepared board I used is grainy and the small size makes for rough broken color. Thanks painted soul!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Leith
    Leithover 5 years ago

    Cracking work once again Alice and what an inspiring place to be in!

  • Thanks Leith. We’re hoping to travel to Eire again very soon, either next month or in April. Yes, a good place to be.

    – Alice McMahon

  • lindybird
    lindybirdover 5 years ago

    I just want to bury my hands in all that ruffly wool! I love that you’ve carried that wooly texture into the grass. It’s just gorgeous, Alice!

  • Thanks again for your kindness Linda. These fluffy beasties kind of scare me at close range. They have these weird horns and don’t seem to happy to see you. haha!

    – Alice McMahon

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 5 years ago

    Love this wonderfully peaceful scene and the amazing texture you have achieved on the sheep. Beautiful painting.

  • I so admire your watercolor work Bev, and really appreciate your feedback. Pastel on this surface is good for texture! xx

    – Alice McMahon

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassover 5 years ago

    Lovely rustic image, Alice… I understand the trepidation in facing these fierce beasts… they can be cold-blooded and vicious, really they can… I ‘ve heard stories…… wise to never turn one’s back…

  • hahaha. Teasing. Thanks WG!

    – Alice McMahon

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 5 years ago

    gorgeous art mq

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    This is really beautiful Alice. Great texture and wonderful colours.

  • Thanks Lynda. It’s easy to achieve the texture on these small works, and with the prepared sanded surface.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful variety of markmaking to suit each surface. Thanks for the interesting information about surface, support and texture – I’m new to pastels this summer so it is very useful.

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