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 Bartolom√© Esteban Murillo, in about 1650.  This piece shows a young shepherd boy and a ewe. 


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