“Sheep May Safely Graze”

“Sheep May Safely Graze” — oil on canvas 48 x 60″ by Margie Guyot

Had fun with this, although not in the beginning! This was the first day:

Picasso sits next to me all day in the studio.

Years ago while giving a demonstration painting to the class, Clyde Aspevig turned around, saying, “And this is the spot where most beginners would quit. But I know how to fix this!” In the years since, I’ve done thousands of paintings and yes, sometimes they look pretty bad — until you fix them!

For this painting I used a photo I took last summer of my friend Rusty’s sheep. Each sheep has a name and they all come running like dogs when he calls them. I hadn’t really painted sheep before and I don’t usually paint from photos. But there’s still snow on the ground up here and there are only so many snow paintings people care to buy! And this winter I decided to try to paint larger works.

In reality there is no pond in this meadow. Feeling slightly god-like, I plopped one in.

This is right when most everybody in the world is hunkering down, staying at home because of the corona virus outbreak. Besides painting, I swept all the floors, did dishes 3 times and raked all the flower beds! Back to the studio tomorrow. More sheep…..

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