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.
I have never seen such beautiful pigs – painted.
Pigs aren’t really my favourite animal but these paintings are beautifully executed. Thanks for sharing. Oink.
You’ve managed to make a lovely painting out of a not terribly photogenic subject. Beautiful work!
wow. you make me want to paint. (I usually end up by dipping my elbow in it.)
So much depth and character are coming through…I want to start painting again!
Love, Love, Love this piggy painting!
Your work always amazes me!
Wonderful work! John,
Your works area always inspiring!! Thanks for the little piece for enlighten my sunday morning! : )
I have painted many a pig in my day but none as beautiful as this fine specimen…….pork qué ……this is enough to make me eat bacon again too……..
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
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?