I was inspired recently when OSS member Anna Louise Kelly, shared a painting of Ouessant sheep on Facebook.
I thought it would be nice to share a painting with readers in each newsletter, which involves the presence of our woolly friends!
Of course, I think there may be a shortage of Ouessant specific paintings, so I will save the painting that Anna shared for one of next years’ newsletters.
As we are now feeling sufficiently wintery and the frost has been nipping our fingers, I decided to start by sharing ” The Shortening Winter’s Day Is Near A Close” (1903) by Joseph Farquharson.
Joseph Farquharson DL RA 4 May 1846 – 15 April 1935) was a Scottish painter, known for his landscapes which often included animals. Many of his paintings showed sheep, either at dawn or dusk, softly lit by the glow of the sun. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and died at Finzean, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The titles of Farquharson’s paintings often stood out too, as many of them were taken from poems by Burns, Milton, Shakespeare and Gray. Such was his fondness for painting sheep in winter, he was often known as ‘Frozen Mutton Farquharson’!