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Sheep Camp

Jerry McElroy

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San Lorenzo, CA - United States

Oooh, this is so very beautiful!!! :)))fv

Waiheke Island Auckland, E7 - New Zealand

fab I mean

Jerry McElroy replied:

Thanks Sandra!

Waiheke Island Auckland, E7 - New Zealand

this is fa amazing detail here

Thessaloniki, th - Greece

Amazingly detailed painting ! wow . v f

Strykersville, NY - United States

I sooooooooooo love your work Jerry - such a beautiful, inviting style, lovely color and technique. Fabulous. F/V

North Platte, NE - United States

Well done!

Strawberry Hills, NS - Australia

Wonderful painting! Very reminiscent of the rural life - and could be any of many places around the world!

Dorset - United Kingdom

A real sense of the beauty of the countryside with lovely colours, voted, Wendy

Goshen, IN - United States

Wonderful painting...I zoomed right in on the border collie...such workers! Love this...v-28 and fav

Oeiras - Portugal

Wonderful painting! V.

Dent, MN - United States

Oh, I just love this, Jerry... so wonderful!! f/v

Daytona Beach, FL - United States

Fantastic painting Jerry!!! f/v

Hillsboro, MO - United States

Just outstanding work!!!

Colorado &, N. - United States

Great work, outstanding image, very well done and presented! v

Caledon, ON - Canada

Nice work Jerry !! V

Dallas, TX - United States

Fabulous painting!

Sparks, NV - United States

Awesome painting, so well done; vf

Beloit, WI - United States

What a fantastic rural scene! Very outstanding painting! v/f

Scalloway, Sh - United Kingdom

Lovely rural scene! Love the colours of this painting. V.

Aberlour, Mo - United Kingdom

Wonderful art work! v/f

Aitkin, Mn - United States

excellent fv

Asheville, NC - United States

Wonderful painting of sheep ranching! V

Kelseyville, CA - United States

Very lovely!..v

Weymouth, NS - Canada

Excellent painting, Jerry! f/v

Fort Worth, TX - United States

beautiful landscape! v

Savannah, Ge - United States

This my friend, is absolutely beautiful artwork.

San Francisco, CA - United States

A very cute subject really well painted. Congratulations on your sale! V

Vancouver, Wa - United States

What a beautiful painting. Love the softness, variety of colors with their transitions of shades and detail. Congratulations. A f/v.

Merritt Island, Fl - United States

Congratulations on your sale. Fabulous painting. f/v

Georgetown, TX - United States

Very nice and congrats on the sale. Your picture brings back old, almost forgotten memories for me.

Neshkoro, WI - United States

Beautiful...Congrats on your sale, Jerry!

Phoenixville, PA - United States

Congrats on your sale!

Cottonwood, Ar - United States

Congratulations on your Publication in ARTIST NEWS Group and the Internet Publication ! F

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Sheep Camp


Jerry McElroy


Painting - Oil On Gallery Wrap Canvas


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"Sheep Camp" depicted in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. In the area where I live, twice a year, the sheep are driven up the road by sheep herders on foot either to their summer grazing area or back down out of the mountains to their winter refuge. I am lucky to have them pass by my place and it's always fun to see.

Shepherding is one of the oldest occupations, beginning some 6,000 years ago in Asia Minor. Sheep were kept for their milk, meat and especially their wool. Over the next millennia, sheep and shepherding spread throughout Eurasia. Henri Fleisch tentatively suggested the Shepherd Neolithic industry of Lebanon may date to the Epipaleolithic and that it may have been used by one of the first cultures of nomadic shepherds in the Beqaa valley.

Some sheep were integrated in the family farm along with other animals such as chickens and pigs. To maintain a large flock, however, the sheep must be able to move from pasture to pasture; this required the development of an occupation separate from that of the farmer. The duty of shepherds was to keep their flock intact and protect it from wolves and other predators. The shepherd was also to supervise the migration of the flock and ensured they made it to market areas in time for shearing. In ancient times shepherds also commonly milked their sheep, and made cheese from this milk; only some shepherds still do this today.

In many societies, shepherds were an important part of the economy. Unlike farmers, shepherds were often wage earners, being paid to watch the sheep of others. Shepherds also lived apart from society, being largely nomadic. It was mainly a job of solitary males without children, and new shepherds thus needed to be recruited externally. Shepherds were most often the younger sons of farming peasants who did not inherit any land. Still in other societies, each family would have a family member to shepherd its flock, often a child, youth or an elder who couldn't help much with harder work; these shepherds were fully integrated in society.

Shepherds would normally work in groups either looking after one large flock, or each bringing their own and merging their responsibilities. They would live in small cabins, often shared with their sheep and would buy food from local communities. Less often shepherds lived in covered wagons that travelled with their flocks.
Shepherding developed only in certain areas. In the lowlands and river valleys, it was far more efficient to grow grain and cereals than to allow sheep to graze, thus the raising of sheep was confined to rugged and mountainous areas. In pre-modern times shepherding was thus centred on regions such as the Middle East, Greece, the Pyrenees, the Carpathian Mountains, and Scotland.


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