Our collection of sheep paintings are inspired by our daily life on our smallholding at Auchenstroan, South West Scotland. We offer a selection of original paintings, (acrylic on canvas) and prints. These are all of our sheep that live here at Auchenstroan and provide the wool for our woolly products including felted fleece rugs.
It is quite common for people to comment on how cute our sheep are. Being our sheep, we obviously think they are very sweet too. As it happens, Coloured Ryelands, being darker in colour and woollier than most sheep, are often referred to as “teddy bear sheep”. This means that, in turn, they are very photogenic which means there are pictures of them everywhere on this web site, particularly our blog.
They are also a naturally friendly bunch meaning they don’t run away at the first sign of human presence. So, when my brother Matty, an established artist, came to visit, he started to sketch them. Wowed by these, an idea came forth, why not offer a selection of “cute sheep paintings” of our flock going about their business against the stunning backdrop of the Galloway Hills. After all, no home is complete without a sheep picture.
We have started with a collection of six pictures and more are in the pipeline. As already mentioned, these are available to purchase as mounted prints, framed prints or as one off originals. As well as bringing your wall to life, giving it something of a rustic feel, we think they could make great gifts or presents for people who love the countryside.
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With the warm, earthy colours of the sheep set against the backdrop of the Scottish countryside, these will cosy up your room and bring a flavour of rural Scotland to any room in your home. If you love farmhouse décor and rustic accessories these pictures give you a little piece of Scottish farm life without you even having to put your wellies on to enjoy it.
Sheep Paintings – Prints
These are printed on a high quality inkjet printer and printed on smooth-textured, heavyweight matt paper. The size of the picture is 10 inches by 10 inches (25.5cm x 25.5cm).
The frame is an oak effect frame with clear acrylic glazing. The print is mounted on a cream coloured window mount. An example is shown to the right. That particular picture is Yogi with two of her friends sitting peacefully chewing the cud. You can see the hills of Galloway in the background.
Overall, the total size of the framed print (frame included) is height 14 x width 14 inches x depth 0.59 inches (height 35.5cm x width 35.5cm x depth 1.5cm).
The print is mounted on a one inch (2.5cm) cream coloured window mount with backboard. It is ready for framing by yourself or your framer with a 12 inch (30.48cm) frame. The picture to the right is also the picture of Yogi with two of her friends. This means you can compare the framed and mounted options.
The dimensions of the mounted print is height 12 inches x width 12 inches (30.48cm x 30.48cm).
Sheep Paintings – Original Paintings
We are also pleased to offer for sale the original artwork, the picture from which the prints are produced. This is the original acrylic painting on a canvas panel by Matty Lamb. As such, it is a unique painting, one of its kind.
The dimensions of the painting are height 10” x width 10” x depth 0.125” (25.5cm x with 25.5cm x 0.4cm).
Each painting has been varnished to a satin finish (UV light stabilizing varnish).
Sheep Paintings by Matty Lamb – Artist
Matty Lamb studied art at school before going on to complete and Art Foundation course followed by a BA Honours Illustration degree at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth. After working as a designer and illustrator, he worked for 11 years teaching art in a Further Education college, eventually becoming Course Leader of the Art Foundation. During this time he continued painting, a highlight was having an oil painting accepted for exhibition at the 2013 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London
He has investigated many different subject matters, most falling into the ourdoor and landscape category. He is often to be found in some muddy corner of Britain painting old buildings, rusting farm equipment, trains and, of course, farm animals.
His preference is to use either oils or acrylics, as both have their plusses and minuses. For the series based on the Scottish Auchenstroan flock, he is working indoors from photographs, using high quality acrylic paint on canvas panel