Monday, March 4, 2013
Out for a Wander - Merino Sheep
Out for a Wander
Close up views of painting.
I chose a Merino sheep ram for the main subject of this new painting. I love the spiral horns on the rams of this breed of sheep. They are "regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep". I have painted this ram in one of my contemporary farm scenes, under a quiet blue summer sky, with an old red barn, and sheds in the background.
One of the known early paintings of a Merino sheep is the "El Buen Pastor" ( or The Good Shepherd) painted by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, in about 1650. This piece shows a young shepherd boy and a ewe.