Friday, 17 October 2014

Baa Baa Black Sheep.

This is the first painting in what I hope will be a series depicting nursery rhymes. Can you guess what this one is called?

Some say Baa Baa Black Sheep is about the slave trade. Some say it is about a 16th-century tax on wool.

Of course, when I was a child I simply thought it was about a black sheep, three bags full of wool, a master, a dame and a little boy who lived down the lane. If only life could stay so childishly simple and uncluttered by the awful realities.

'Baa Baa Black Sheep' by John Bain. Oil on canvas. 16 x 12 inches.
I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge.


  1. This is a great idea. The one about painting the nursery rhymes I mean. I think it will be a big hit. Your first rhyme is certainly a hit.

  2. Hi John, so pleased you're painting again, and I love the Baa baa black sheep, I shall look forward to the next.
    I agree with you about the awful realities of this life. Was it always like this or am I just an old lady who is thinking that things were better in the past? I feel so sorry for my kids and grandkids living in a world like this.
    Anyway enough of the glooms, just keep painting and I'll keep sewing and crocheting and we'll just ignore it all. lol

  3. I guess I'm still a bit childish because I had no idea there was a meaning behind the rhyme. Maybe staying away from papers and newscasts help me stay that way. :) I do like your painting though and look forward to seeing more.

  4. Thank goodness for childish innocence... smiles. And thank God you're painting again. A lot of people admire your work when they visit my house - where there is evidence of your talent.

  5. Yeah, I guess most of those rhymes are no where near innocent. I always love your blue tones. I saw the "fixed" version on FB, and I think the cliff is good.

  6. I love the Baa baa Black Sheep painting...very happy that you're painting again.