Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Bucolic Lake District Scene…and one crazy sheep.

“There’s Always One”   5” x 7”   Pastel   $50   © Sharon Lewis
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This past summer I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Scotland and the Lake District in England. It was beautiful in both places and everywhere we went we saw sheep…by streams, on mountains, in the woods, and by the road. You had to watch them carefully as they would sometimes just decide that they felt like walking into the middle of the road right in front of your car and then just stopping. They seemed to be totally unfazed by oncoming cars. I haven’t decided if they were really stupid or really smart, and just knew the tourists and the UK citizens so well that they knew we weren’t going to run them over. I also don’t know if it was my imagination but the more sheep I saw, the more they seemed to have different personalities as well. Most seemed really sweet but every once and awhile you saw one that looked just a little bit crazier than all of the rest.
Today’s painting is of a flock of these sheep in the Lake District. You can see that most of them appear pretty sweet, placid, and innocent, just munching away on grass. Then there’s this one guy (can you find him?), who’s just staring at you as if to say, “One step closer and you’re a goner!” There’s always one in every crowd!

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