Wednesday, January 9, 2013

30 in 30, #7 – All We Like Sheep

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?


  1. Lovely! I especially like this one because I'd been working on sheep, cow, and pasture scenes before we started this challenge. You're doing a great job... happy painting!

  2. Thank you all for your comments. I so appreciate them!

  3. Have you ever read the book, Psalm 23 - A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23? It has left an indelible imprint on my heart,soul and mind. In one chapter the author speaks of how when the shepherd comes out in the early morning some hardly take notice - barely budge, others give a glance and watch, a number of them just continue to do what they are doing, however, there are those few, who at the first sign of the shepherd, perk their ears, get up, and look to see if that's Him! And when they see it is Him they abandon everything and rush to His side! To me, your guy up front looks like he has just spotted his Shepherd. I love it!

    1. Jodi, yes I have read that book. It's lovely, and worth a re-read. I like your reading of the painting much better, and now we both know what the attentive guy is thinking! Thank you!


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