"Spring Lambs", Oil on Canvas, 12x16
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Now, working with several photos taken while driving out North Bank Road, I've finished a larger studio painting trying to capture the serenity within an ever changing environment. These scenes always bring out memories I have of the sheep roundup and shearing that I experienced living out in Driver Valley, east of Oakland. It was on a ranch owned by Nova Bates, who was 86 when we moved on the ranch. It was quite amazing how she could still hop the barbed wire fences chasing after her flock. The highlight of living there was the year they rounded up the wild angora's and sheared them to boot. They must have had three or four years of wool on them. There are many other great memories of that era, maybe I'll get lost in those for a while.