San Marcos Sheep

8×10″ oil on linen panel (available)

This was definitely not a BAAAAA-d spot to spend a morning painting. I’m going to go out on a lamb and say this is my favorite season. Ewe agree, right? There are 400 sheep and lambs and a couple of goats in disguise out on the San Marcos preserve getting a head start on fire prevention season. I feels so pastoral walking up there. It’s amazing how quickly they eat. Good job, sheep.

Hold still please!
Pretty cute…

Gold Hills and Happy Sheep

8×10″ oil on canvas panel

You can’t see the sheep, but I could hear the sweet sounds of their munching and bleating down around the corner up the path. I saw the dog run them up the hill to their latest salad bar, surrounded by solar powered electric fences. I thought the beautiful sustainability of this operation which is working with rather than against nature. The sheep, in doing what sheep do, give us so much: fire prevention and defensible space, fertilization and carbon sequestered in the soil, wool, a pastoral view and at the end of the season they are selling free-range organic fed lamb. (If you are interested in the later, you can get in touch with the folks at Cuyama Lamb.)