4 Sheep, 3.5" x 2.5"oil, Diane Mannion
These are some sort of rare Austrian sheep that reside in a nearby ranch here in Florida. Their coats are kept short because of the heat. First saw these critters a month ago and there were six pregnant females... now the herd has more than doubled, some had twins!
I practice color thumbnail sketches for soon-to-come larger paintings that won't look anything like these mini-portraits. Compositions will include more landscape views. Exploring a more monochromatic palette, keeping color in reserve for dramatic impact. For example, loved how the red ear tag stood out in the top right sheep.
Herd following caretaker