Very cool piece. I like the concept - and the perspective on it.
My only 'critique' might be that - for some reason the goats look. . .like they've been added from something else.. Like they're just placed on the rock behind as an afterthought, and they aren't really part of the picture proper. I'm not sure what it is, exactly. The lighting, or the style?
All in all, though, I really like it.
I agree these are amazing animals. They seem to find footholds where most of us would say there are none. The sheep too. I've seen sheep - babies too - that just bound up a rock wall that I would have sworn up and and down was a sheer wall and there was no WAY on earth that anything but an insect could have gotten up. Yet they just zoomed up there like it was nothing. lol Seeing them on a drop like this, almost sets my teeth on edge from the height!
Thank you, I appreciate that. Sometimes I work so long on a picture, I get tired of it, and I lose sight of my ultimate goal. Also, I think its the light. One of my other problems is sometimes I can't get the lighting right. It's like I lose my sense of lighting, if that makes sense. It's one of those situations where I should prolly put a picture aside for several weeks before I consider posting it. Or I should have you hover over my shoulder while I paint. Seriously, I really appreciate the critique. It keeps me on my toes.
The mountain goats really are amazing. I think I prefer the goats over the sheep, though. (hm, what does that say, I wonder. ) I think part of it is, actually, that they're prevalent where I live.
Bit strange that you'd 'lose sense' of your lighting. Though, I suppose, depending on how you work, it might be one of the last things to go in and be easily lost while trying to get the rest of the composition in. Yes? Not that I can hugely talk. . .I'm still working on grasping lighting myself. I can *see* it, but when it comes to *adding* it. . .I get confused fast. (And it doesn't help what I 'see', doesn't always translate to my hand that well, which only adds to the confusion. lol) Seriously, though, putting your work aside for a few weeks is always a good idea. But except for now and then, who of us has the patience for it? We want to show it off NOW. Either that or we have someone waiting on it and you can't put them off because the work has to soak for a few weeks. lol
I am glad you don't mind critiques. I always feel bad about giving them - sort of like I'm picking at someone's brain-child or something. Yet, I also know that we sort of need the feedback if we want to improve our work. Writing or art, it helps to have an 'outside' perspective to give us some insight. Gently. Not ripping it apart. I sometimes wish someone would do that for me with my writing - though it doesn't help that I keep my writing fairly close to home and don't show anyone. At least not at this point. If I could work better, I might come up with a story I could actually finish and share. lol But anyway, yeah. Glad you can use the critiques.
I do like the goats better in a way. Their shaggy whiteness is. . .somehow more attractive. We do have goats here - but the sheep are FAR more common for some reason. Don't know why. I have seen the goats - but they are a fairly rare. Though I have to say, the heavy horns on the sheep are kinda fascinating too. So much power behind them!
Yeah, it's caused me to bin a picture more than once...impatience, frustration...it should tell you how I start pictures sometimes: nillywilly. I see the concept in my head, and lay it out on tablet, going with the flow, as they call it. Sometimes the concept is based on the lighting itself, sometimes on the subject, sometimes both. This one was based on the subject, and lighting didn't come into it until later in the picture, and then I couldn't grasp it. My own fault. I didn't think it through. I like playing with light most of the time.
Helpful criticism is important, especially if you want to progress. Despite my abilities as an artist, there's always room for improvement and expansion. I know that. (Do you know it took me nearly 5 years to be able to paint water to my satisfaction? I'm still not happy with it...) It's like you said, a good critique allows us (translated 'me') to see the picture as everyone else sees it. Sure I like the compliments; it's what keeps us going, you know? But If I go through my artistic life making the same stupid mistakes, why bother? And yeah, you're right. It's no fun (nor helpful) when someone shreds the work under the pretense and guise of "Critiquing".
To me, mt. goats seem to have more character...panache...but that's just me. What do I know? lol!