Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lis's Final Painting: Aesop's Fable "The Fox and the Goat"


Here is my final painting of The Fox and the Goat. I may use a similar style for the Alice in Wonderland project... I was avoiding ink for a while for some reason, but I think I want to use it again occasionally.

Here is the fable again:

By an unlucky chance a Fox fell into a deep well from which he could not get out. A Goat passed by shortly afterwards, and asked the Fox what he was doing down there. "Oh, have you not heard?" said the Fox; "there is going to be a great drought, so I jumped down here in order to be sure to have water by me. Why don't you come down too?" The Goat thought well of this advice, and jumped down into the well. But the Fox immediately jumped on her back, and by putting his foot on her long horns managed to jump up to the edge of the well. "Good-bye, friend," said the Fox, "remember next time,

"Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties."


  1. Lis this is lovely! Your use of pen & ink with watercolor is really great - you should definitely consider working this way more often! I particularly like the clean ink lines, contrasting with areas of softness in the watercolor. It's all working very nicely. I wonder if dropping some shadow onto the top left-hand side of the well would help draw more attention to the fox. Right now, my eye kind of gets stuck up in that corner, because it is so bright and crisp, so maybe throw some cooler tones on there, or actually lay in a shadow. Either way, this is a great piece!

  2. I was thinking about that corner myself! Thanks for pointing it out. I will probably edit it before posting on my website... just tone it down a bit so that the center is the brightest.