Sheep Study Two

Here are a few more sheep sketches and paintings.

sheep sketch, "I know you're there"

"I know you're there" sheep sketch. watercolour & ink on cartridge. A4

I have an enormous online library of quirky and entertaining photos of sheep taken over the years; and now that photography is digital, it is so easy to capture moods and attitudes at every available opportunity, without the costs of printing them all.

Two Ewes & a Lamb

'Two Ewes & a Lamb'. 350 x 250 mm watercolour.

There was a time when I spent far too much on frequent trips to the nearest Foto-First (200 kms away)  in Bloemfontein.

Sheep. 'Ewe with twins, cold winter morning'.

'Ewe with twins, cold winter morning'. 325 x 240 mm. watercolour.

But now, with the aid of a trusty printer, I am able to only print what I want to paint, at the moment when inspiration strikes.

"Ewe with twins sketch"

"Ewe with twins sketch", watercolour and ink. 320 x 240 mm

It was difficult to choose just 4, for this set, but I really must move on to some other subject matter now. I can’t imagine there are many of you out there who are so entranced by sheep as I am, so I promise to put sheep aside for the moment!

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  1. Posted 24 Jun 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    These are so good Mom. Hard to say which I like the most. I absolutely love the top one because its so different. The ‘Two Ewes & a Lamb’ one you’ve got the light so perfect on the sheep. Especially the white on the faces. Actually the light on the third one is also fantastic. Even the last one is great with the shadow on the one lamb. Well done. Good variety!!! Don’t stop painting sheep.

    • Posted 25 Jun 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Thanks John, I am glad you think they’re OK! You also enjoy them because at least 3 were from your photographs 🙂

  2. Posted 25 Jun 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    These are great. I especially like “I know you..” for the unique composition.

    • Posted 26 Jun 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Sue, sheep can be really quirky and entertaining sometimes !

  3. Posted 29 Jun 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Sheep images always bring back memories of when the children were small and we lived on a farm. We’d help feed orphan lambs each spring. I can still feel that ‘brillo pad’ hair on the lambs.

    Great sketches of the sheep and lambs.

    • Posted 5 Jul 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the message Jeanette, glad these sheep pictures bring back memories!!

  4. Posted 18 Jul 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I absolutely looove the first one! I love the angle, and the way you painted it from behind, it’s so unusual, unexpected, and we can imagine so many things. It’s a great sketch!

    • Posted 18 Jul 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cathy, it was such a quirky pose I just had to sketch it !

  5. Joshua Lin
    Posted 9 Sep 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I love your sheep! Just wondering, did you use watercolour for all your sheep? Thanks!

    • Posted 10 Sep 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Joshua, yes these paintings in the post, ‘Sheep Study Two’ are all watercolours. Thanks for the visit.

  6. Riana
    Posted 13 Oct 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I agree with all of the comments above – the sketch of the sheep from behind is so cheeky! And, yes, Barbara, please don’t stop painting sheep!!


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