Mongolia

Mongolia Monday- Painting Mongolia Subjects

I thought that I would start to share how I put my Mongolia paintings together, starting with a subject from Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve. I had never been to a place anything like it and before I began any finished gallery paintings, I needed to learn to paint the various elements, both the land and the animals. Here are two studies of the rocks, one of a young ibex and a finished 15×30 of two argali-

Ikh Nart Rocks #1  oil  12x16

Ikh Nart Rocks #1 oil 12x16

Ikh Nart Sunrise  11x14 oil

Ikh Nart Sunrise 11x14 oil

Young Ibex 9x12 oil

Young Ibex 9x12 oil

Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Argali  15x30 oil (price on request)

Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Argali 15x30 oil (price on request)

Since most people are not familiar either with the species or the  place, I wanted this first painting to show the kind of landscape that argali like; not just mountains, but upland areas with these rocky outcroppings. You can see the steppe down below and off in the distance. These were two rams who were spending at least part of the day together. It turns out that argali don’t form permanent harems or herds. Animals of all ages and both genders group and re-group throughout the day in numbers, at least from what I saw, from one to twenty or so and everything in between.

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