Monday, November 16, 2009

Trailing of the Sheep 2009, NAMI AUCTION Ketchum, Idaho

Trailing of the Sheep 2009
Jennifer Bellinger, Copyright 2009
Each October our valley celebrates Trailing of the Sheep, the migration of sheep herds from the high elevations and the tradition of raising sheep. Years ago the sheepherders were Basque. Today Peruvians do most of the herding. I photographed the sheepherders, sheep, wagons and dogs as they passed by my house. It is a wonderful sight to see. The Border Collies had finished doing their work and the Great Pyrenees were protectively keeping them moving along behind the wagon and herdsmen on horseback.
This painting will be auctioned at the National Alliance for Mental Illness fundraiser here in Ketchum, Idaho. If you would like more information on how to place a bid (silent auction) please email me. Bidding will begin at $100. The auction starts November 27 and runs through Dec. 13.


Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

great painting jennifer, you handled the fur/wool so well. their faces are dear. i hope a spectacular bidding war breaks out. :)

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Christine. The fur is a back and forth process of putting on, wiping some off, blend, glaze, letting it dry, repeat til satisfied. In other words, hit and miss! Good practice for a dog portrait that I'm starting tomorrow of a golden doodle or labra-doodle..I forget which, incredibly cute dog!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Love hearing about this, and about the border collies and the Great Pyrenees! And... Jack is the 'prototype' for Paco, so I always enjoy seeing him on your blog. And I JUST noticed that your link is not on my blog -I'm remedying that immediately, and accept my apologies!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Kelly, for the link on your wonderful art blog! I always love seeing what you are up to. I've neglected my blog lately and will try to remedy it this week with a new post. I'll be popping over to see what you are up to shortly!