Monday, June 23, 2014

Mouflon

Some sheep escaped 7000 years ago, when still at an early stage of domestication, and founded feral populations on Sardinia, Corsica, Rhodes, and Cyprus. From there they have later been released as game in other parts of Europe. I spotted some in the Gredos mountains of Spain 28 years ago and made up the basic concept for this painting. Unfortunately the sheep were too far away for good sketching, so it wasn't until I found some captive ones that I actually painted this scene.