I learned much about sheep when I created my children’s book “Samson’s Gift”. It has a “Sheep and Wool Fun Facts” page for kids at the back of the book.
In this painting, I first painted a warm grid on the piece using the colors Scarlet Lake, New Gamboge and Cobalt Turquoise dark which I used a limited palette. I drew out the sheep and put a horizon line in the back. Dark and light patterns show through the sheep and I painted right over them. I needed to lift a few whites which added to their fuzzy character. Then, I pulled it together with the shadows which were very carefully crafted. Note how the faces grazing are in and out of the shadows.