Driving from Harrogate to Ripley one day, I caught a glimpse of some sheep in a field under a very distinctive tree as the road curved round. I had to stop, right there was a sheep painting! Getting out of the car – I always carry my camera with me – I discovered a lovely quintessential picture. The serene animals were in the shade under a tree which had either suffered one or more lightening strikes or had simply got so old it's branches were breaking. It had great character. Unfortunately I couldn't stay long so was not able to do more than a quick thumbnail sketch and take a couple of photographs for reference.
Below: some work in progress photos
The painting above is oil on a canvas which is 40.5cm x 40.5cm (16" x 16")