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Creator of "Dinotopia"! This daily weblog by James Gurney is for illustrators, comic artists, plein-air painters, sketchers, animators, art students, and writers.
1. Sheep Shearing

Last Friday, we helped out at a friend's sheep farm on shearing day.

(Direct link to video) Here's a one-minute video. We started by bringing in the sheep from their pastures. After they were shorn, we did the "skirting." Skirting a fleece means removing the short, dirty, or matted fibers.

I drew a couple of portraits of the Icelandic sheep using watercolorwatercolor pencils, and gouache in a watercolor notebook.

Then we went into the farmhouse for a feast of chicken soup, homemade bread, potato salad, sandwiches, and peach/berry cobbler.

I kept thinking of the 1880 painting called "Shearing the Rams" by Tom Roberts of Australia.
------For information about purchasing sheep, fiber, or pasture-raised lamb, visit the website for the Dancing Lamb Farm in Earlton, New York.

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