Tuesday, February 22, 2011

by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Bighorn Sheep'
Oil  9 x 12

I used to be terrified of sheep and goats when I was little.
We had visited a farm, and being the ever-inquisitive child that
I was, I wandered into a barn all by myself.  All I remember
 is that it was dimly lit, and all of these strange-eyed animals
were staring at me.  The next thing I remember is that I had been
 knocked onto my backside by an overly aggressive billy goat!
  I did not want to be around sheep or goats for quite some time.

I wanted to paint this wooly sheep when Gary Keimig posted it
for his Wilderness Challenge, but I never got to do it before
the challenge ended.  I liked the quiet spirit of this sheep, as
well as its beautifully textured coat - which was also full of color. 
Thank goodness I appreciate sheep and goats now, and am
no longer afraid of them!! 

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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Dana Cooper said...

Love the woolly look of this guy, Claire...and I understand your fear of farm animals, I had the same fear.

martinealison said...

Il a une bonne bouille votre mouton et vous avez très bien travaillé sa laine...
Petite moi aussi je me suis faite pousser sur de long mètres par les cornes d'une chèvre et depuis durant très longtemps j'en avais un peu peur...
Aujourd'hui il ne me déplairait pas d'en avoir autour de moi...

AutumnLeaves said...

This is one sweetheart of a sheep, Claire. Her coat has me dreaming of carding and spinning and knitting or weaving...tactile things. Beautiful job!

Pattie Wall said...

Claire, your rendition is lovely! I understand the fear - when little, these guys don't seem to care and can be quite pushy! I was scared of the rooster in my Grandma's chicken yard, and you had to go through the yard to get to their outhouse...that bugger always knew when I was walking through and often chased and pecked me.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Lovely work on this one. Cute story about the barn. Part of being a kid!

Pat Koscienski said...

I feel like I want to put my fingers into his wool and feel that coat. Well painted.

Shirley Fachilla said...

I love the beautiful pattern you made of his fleece. Very rythmic without being repetitous. Many lovely paintings here. Trinity is most impressive.


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