All colours Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd unless stated. Top row: Gamblin warm white, cad yellow light, cad yellow medium, lemon yellow. Middle row: olive green, dioxazine purple, Daler Rowney cadmium green light. Bottom: titanium white, alizarin crimson, French ultramarine.
Starting point was as usual, a little line drawing and an acrylic wash of burnt sienna:
I wiped out the lightest lights before the paint dried with a cotton bud (Q tip) - and would have wiped more but I wasn't quick enough. I decided to start with the background
but got into trouble with depth of colour and tone, so stopped here and switched to the lamb so I could best judge how warm/cool I needed my greens to be. I more or less used Richard Schmid's selective start method (see this post for more detail) for the lamb, starting as usual at left because I am right handed.
More work on the back ground. This involved putting several thin layers of different shades of tube yellow with spats of olive green and then wiping them off again until it looked just how I wanted it. The warmth of the burnt sienna wash proved important in creating the final effect.
The lamb itself was painted with little dabbing strokes of impasto paint with a real attempt on my part to then Leave It Alone. And here he is again, to save you scrolling to the top: