Art,  Country Life,  Creativity,  Nature,  Painting,  Watercolor

Fat Pink Sheep on a Beach

Pink Sheep 2010

 I’ve always loved fat, fluffy sheep. In this watercolor, my pink sheep are at the beach, basking in the glow of a pink sunset. This painting did not start out as pink sheep on a beach! I’d had a dream of a beach bathed in pink sunlight. The stunning colors had remained in my mind.

For many years we lived across the road from a sheep farmer. Many times I saw sheep stuck in the mud because their wool weighed them down. They were brown and full of stickers. The sheep called to their kindly farmer who quickly gave them a shove.

Shell Beach, Sonoma County, CA.
“Best sunsets in Sonoma County!”

Painting with watercolor is a mystery and always a challenge.
Watercolor forces the artist to let go of an expectation of perfection.
A very good thing.

Damn, and just when I was starting to get it!! 

Edgar Degas on his deathbed.


    • ĽAdelaide

      haha, scary thought, Cindy! methinks you do not need my visions! but nothing’s better than pink sheep and imagine the multiple shades of pink wool! seriously, thank you for your sweet comment! xox

    • ĽAdelaide

      That’s sure true! I constantly am surprised by what comes up in the process! Lately it’s been dragons/horses! 😃

      Thanks for your support!

  • doronart

    I used to think it was pink elephants.. But maybe what do I know..?? it is funny, I painted in the week. couple of paintings of sheeps.. love to see we are still on the same wave length. I’ll have to take a picture and send it to you.. Great to see you having fun… XizizizizizXXX

  • Mel

    Hahaha….leave it to me to love the Degas quote. It soooo fits.
    And you know my level of zeal with pink sheeps!! They reside on the sidebar of the weblog. This is just too adoreable. They deserve a weekend at the beach…come to think of it don’t we all! 🙂

    • ĽAdelaide

      Mel, Oh, I could just hug you! I’ve missed you, lady. I hope things are OK in your world, well, as ‘well’ as can be expected. Yes, nothing like pink sheep. 🙂

      Guess what? I don’t like going to the beach!! Unless it’s Hawaii. The water here in the northern end is quite freezing. It’s usually foggy and windy and cold besides…. nope, not a beachy type but still dream about it and paint it from time to time. I do like Mendocino but that coastline is so craggy, you’re not going down to the water’s edge unless you own it! haha, not quite near to that place yet!

    • ĽAdelaide

      Hi Carolyn,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me your thoughts. They are very much appreciated. May you continue to enjoy those sheep-filled countrysides!

  • susancrow

    They are very sweet and lovely sheep – especially when compared with dirty wet ones. I remember in Northern England seeing sheep that had coloured splotches on their rear ends so the farmers could sort out which ones belonged to who when shearing time came.

    Hope all is well there.

    • ĽAdelaide

      Hello my dear Susan,
      How are you doing? I’m falling a bit behind of late and no idea why excepting the craziness in general. I think you might have gotten an email rant. 🙂

      People still mark sheep in an amazing variety of ways but if they want the wool to sell, they do it less often. Seems lots of sheep ranchers are now going into the wool market to make a better living, can’t blame them. For the first time in over 3 decades the cattle ranchers are going to make some profit BUT due to the drought in the western US, most have had to cull back their herds so don’t have anything much left to sell. Ironic isn’t it? sighs….


  • laura bruno lilly

    “This painting did not start out as pink sheep on a beach!” Ahhh, such is the creative process, eh? 🙂

    I personally prefer goats to sheep, but then that’s just my own quirkiness.


    • ĽAdelaide

      Good evening, very late evening here, Mary~
      I was changing the font colors and noticed your comment here. Somehow I missed it?! I get upset with myself when I do that so wanted to apologize to you. Thank you for always coming by and sharing with me, your thoughts. They mean so much to me and I’m especially happy to know you enjoy pink. So do I but you might have guessed that! I don’t hide it and use it almost everyday in one way or the other. I think it creates a soul joy.
      xoxxo and good night! 🙂

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