One of my sons is actually a shepherd of sorts…he raises sheep and cattle. The other morning he posted a picture of his sheep in the middle of a winter snow storm on instagram with this caption…
There is something about sheep in the snow that catches my attention. “The Lamb” and “white as snow” holds so much meaning in scripture.What a blessing it is to me to be reminded of these things in my daily life, as I care for even such a small flock. Forgiven through the Lamb of God to be made white like snow that my guilt and shame would be covered by His love and mercy.
It wasn’t a good photo taken with his phone, but in the small flock of sheep, one black sheep definitely caught my eye, so I painted it.
Here’s the rough idea sketched out with burnt umber and a little cadmium red and turpentine…
9″ x 12″ Oil on Ampersand Artist’s Textured Panel
You can see how the black sheep stands out from the rest of the flock. I took a look at the meaning of black sheep…
Black sheep is a derogatory term used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family. The term stems from the genetic effect in sheep whereby a recessive gene occasionally manifests in the birth of a sheep with black rather than white coloring; these sheep stand out in the flock. The term has typically been given negative implications, implying waywardness.
The term originated from the fact that the occasional black sheep will be born into a herd of white sheep. Black sheep were considered undesirable because their wool cannot be dyed, and there weren’t enough to make black wool.~ Wikipedia
Black sheep definitely stand out from the flock in paintings and photos.
Being a bit of a knitter and spinner of wool, I have dabbled a bit in different fleece, yes, even natural black fleece, which I love. Interesting that there are more white sheep than black. There are so many beautiful colors that white wool can be dyed into, but not black.
All just very interesting to me. Share your thoughts?