Who Let the Sheep Out?

Let’s grow some grass so those sweet little sheep will have something to munch on. Cooler greens are used in the distant grass. I took some of the color left over from the trees and added a bit of Hansa Lemon Yellow and White. A few strokes of Pthalo Blue + White are made to give additional coolness to the grass behind the sheep. The grass in the foreground is a mix of Ultramarine Blue + Hansa Lemon Yellow which makes a warmer green.

A mix of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium is used for the foliage on the vines. The dangling clusters of grapes are fun to paint with a small Bright brush. The corner works perfectly to indicate the individual grapes.

Beverly and Hal have such a beautiful, organized vineyard with roses growing at the ends of the rows. Each row is labeled with the variety of grape growing. The name is painted into the wet name-plate with a fine liner brushed dipped in a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. The Rose blossoms are blocked in first with varying mixtures of Permanent Rose and Cadmium Red Light.  Then the foliage is painted.

The dark values of the sheep are painted with mixes of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + MUD. White is then added to the mixtures for the sunlit portions of their woolly bodies.

Who Let the Sheep Out?      16″ x 19″     Original Oil Painting

Beverly and Hal love sports and are fans of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. Anyone who attends sports events is familiar with a song played during the games, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”  So we just changed it a bit to work for Hal’s painting Who Let the Sheep Out? Beverly surprised Hal with a family dinner party at a local resturant. They hung the piece by their special table. Hal said, “I first noticed it hanging and thought why does the restaurant have such a painting because it reminded me of a Senkarik. DUH…..Then it dawned on me. Being quick is not helped by getting older!” What wonderful collectors. Beverly is a fellow gardener, when we she returned my phone call while working on ideas for the painting she said, “You caught me out in the Garden of Weedin.” I might just use that myself one of these days. Have a great one. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


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One Response to “Who Let the Sheep Out?”

  1. Janet Says:

    Love this painting, Mikki, and I’m sure your collectors do too! Thank you for sharing it.

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