"Had triplets last night," he said, matter-of-factly.
"Really?" I half-queried, trying to keep a straight face.
"Trouble is, only got two t-ts." I raised my eyebrows, unsure of who or what he was describing.
"But I got the old ewe to give one away, with a bit of persuading." At this point I felt we were probably discussing the problems of the mother sheep, and turned to my sketchbook.
Sheep can add life to a scene and are not that difficult to draw. I rarely give them four legs as it can appear over-crowded in a painting: three is quite sufficient. I sometimes give white-faced ones a black head to make them stand out, otherwise paint in a darker tone around them as I've done in this part of a watercolour composition. When out I do photograph them, but enjoy drawing them as it can usually convey a better sense of movement and dynamism - not that the sheep is especially dynamic!
This weekend I was again out on the hills when several sheepdogs raced into view around the sheep. Quickly I reached for my pencil as the farmer drove into sight in his land-rover. Alas, the dogs were ignoring the sheep, and simply hurtling past. I had hoped to get an interesting round-up scene. Even the farmer didn't stop, just hurtled past with a wave, so I missed that one. You can't win them all, I guess, but you have to keep trying. It's all part of the fun.......