|All We Like Sheep, 8"x10", oil on canvas|
No, there are no mums in this painting. This was done in my weekly painting class, taught by the amazing Kim VanDerHoek. Kim thought the class would enjoy painting a bucolic scene of a meadow, hillside, trees, and a whole lot of sheep. Our reference photo had a lot of material in it, and Kim told us to find a part of the photo that we wanted to paint. I'm not sure she was ready for the amount of complaining she heard. Evidently, this was not our favorite project.
I have learned that I learn from every painting I do, and I learn even more in class. Often, I'll come home and paint the same subject again, and I usually like the second one even better. Instead, I ended up "fixing" this painting the next day. I removed an anemic hill that was confusing, beefed up the trees, darkened the sky a touch, and corrected the value of the grass. This fellow looks like he is about to go astray, no?