A road passes by a hill with sheep on it

Early Morning:
Sheep In The Wolds

A painting of sheep in the Wolds in East Yorkshire. While there are a lot of crops grown in the Wolds, there is also a lot of live-stock farming on the slopes of the glacial dales which wind their way through the rolling hills that are the Wolds.

I always think of The Wolds as a particularly British landscape, though this may not be true. Their characteristic is a chalk base, which you can see in the soil as a cream dusting on ploughed fields when seen from a distance. There's much of fascination in Yorkshires Wolds with many ancient sites, some of which I hope to paint one day.

This oil painting proved a challenge to photograph because the soft colours of the brightening morning and the contrast between a bright morning sky, with a darker landscape waiting for the sun to rise high enough to light it. The time of day is clear from the lights on the car and a soft creamy glow at the horizon.

  • Image size: 30.5cm x 41cm (12" x 16")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas board