Grazing sheep



Original Acrylic on Canvas

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Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.

As with other creative artists, being unique has led Ryker to develop his own style. He paints luminous vibrant artwork by using bold clear colors, underpainting to bring out the values, and layering glaze in his unique technique that he calls Impasto Glaze. The end result reflects light beautifully and has the quality of stained glass. The viewer will continually find new details to enjoy.

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This flock of sheep was photographed in Northern CA. There is a big push to eliminate pesticide use and sheep and goats are now being used to reduce weeds and produce organic crops. I know the sheep are also used to produce wool, and in this case, the wool is being died with natural dies to really make a sustainable, organic, nature friendly product.


It was interesting for me to paint a flock. I usually have a landscape or one or two subjects. I felt free to give the impression of the sheep. I layered base paint and glaze but didn’t worry about the detail since they were in the distance. My brush stroke was able to be very free and descriptive. What a beautiful view with the red leaf trees in front of the forest, and the mountains and sky behind. I really like the depth and perspective contrast. Look at the shadows and the shades in the field itself too.