Tough Up North by Sue Nichol

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This painting of Swaledales on the moors of the Yorkshire Dales I was inspired to paint as soon as I saw Rick’s (Rickster1) stunning photo Braveheart of The Dales. I am so pleased he gave me permission to use his image. I love the generosity of spirit that Redbubble fosters and it is great to be able to collaborate with artists of all mediums. It is interesting working from photos because normally I might not have cut off the sheep on the left but I thought it was so good on the original image that I replicated it here. I think it gives it a real feel of edginess. (sorry about the pun). The Impressionist painters were amongst the first to cut people off at the edges, influenced by the then new art form of photography. Thank you Rick!
Oil on a block canvas 30 × 30cm
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swaledale sheep, dales, moors, yorkshire, sue nichol

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 3 years ago

    Love the textured effect Sue, looks like real wool!!
    Chers Neil

  • Thanks Neil, much appreciated.

    – Sue Nichol

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Great work Sue love the texture

  • Thank you Maggie, and for the fave:))

    – Sue Nichol

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 3 years ago

    Delightful painting, Sue. I find sheep so fascinating and you have captured the reasons why. Yours have such character. The background is perfect.

  • Thank you Bev, I find them fascinating too. thanks for the fave and good luck in the SoJie :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    The way you’ve applied the paint lends itself to this subject so well. Nice work. ")

  • Thank you so much, and for the fave. :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Cal Kimola Brown
    Cal Kimola Brownover 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful rendition of the original Sue. Congratulations to the photographer and the painter.

  • Thank you so much Cal :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Love this, Great textures and wonderful contrast, just super work Sue.

  • Thank you so much, Jim.

    – Sue Nichol

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1over 3 years ago

    Well ~ You did it justice Sue, as I knew you would
    Very proud to have been one part of a whole in terms of collaberation and definately a first for me!
    Glad it gave you hours of enjoyment Sue
    Well Done
    Regards Rick

  • Phew, glad you like it! Thank you for sharing :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    fabulous painting, Sue!! better than the foto!

  • Thank you, Sally, just the same but different, that’s all. :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago


    Wow!!!! Wonderful work!!!
    ~Deb, Your host
    May 23, 2011

  • Thank you so much, Deb :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 3 years ago

    GREAT photo! GREAT painting! Wonderful what how one thing/or, artist can inspire another to do. ;-)

  • Thank you so much Paul, and yes it certainly is.

    – Sue Nichol

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