I was walking along a path in the woods near my house, taking pictures to use as inspiration in my studio. I am quite near sighted and like to take off my glasses to see less distracting details and see the broad sweeps of composition. I was alarmed when I saw several large white animals pass through the trees. As I fumbled for my glasses, I snapped a few blurry photos of the figures. There were four or five, and I was getting a little nervous, but was soon relieved to see they were a herd of sheep. Further investigation revealed that there was a thin wire fence, and these sheep were not wandering lost in the woods, but in fact safe in their paddock. I took some pictures, and made this painting. It is a departure for me, since it has animals in it. I like the way they are part of the winter landscape of trees and light that I tend to favor in my work.
This piece is on canvas with white edges and can be hung as is, or framed.
oil on board