THIS LITTLE PIG

Down the road from Chateau de la Fleunie, where we spent the last week of our workshop in France, were two pigs penned up and being fattened by the local farmer. They were like a pair of friendly dogs – running around and getting into as much trouble as possible in their small wire enclosure.

I’ve been looking forward to painting them since we arrived home. They look so pink and meaty – just like bacon running around. They have no idea of hygiene, make amazing grunting sounds and seem really happy locked up in a tiny wire pen. I’m sure they’d make better pets than breakfast.

Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue and, in the background, Phthalo Blue. Opaque washes of tinted White Gouache were used to loose the back end and some scratchy white charcoal pencil marks break up the surface.

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11 thoughts on “THIS LITTLE PIG

  1. Thanks everyone for your comments
    …wow, I never thought a watercolor of a little pig could inspire a renewed interest in painting and the desire to eat bacon again!
    -as Gordon says, Oink

  2. John – Your description of these lovely pigs makes me want to be a vegetarian. They are so cute and your painting is so wonderful, as usual. I love those eyelashes ! Did you know pigs are smarter than dogs?

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