For too long, I've had "painting matroyshkas" tucked away on my to-do list, and I finally made a set for Mom Owen, who likes both pigs and matroyshkas. Predictably, I painted them in the two days before they came for a visit. Since the girls have now all requested a personalized set (I said that I'll try to give them each one for their 13th birthday, which means that I'm already behind, given Mildred's status as a 14 1/2 year old), I'll have further chances to paint them at a reasonable pace, but if you're a gambler, I don't recommend betting on it.
I didn't know what I was doing, so I just made a rough sketch straight onto the bare wood for the first few. For later ones, I first painted a base coat of pink, which saved some time.This set ranged in size from about 6" - 1.5" tall.
The girls agreed that the first pig was the prettiest. Pearls Before Swine, or, The Pig with the Pearl Earring, or, This Little Piggy Went to Market:
The two most important things to get from market are tulips and eggs.
This little piggy stayed home. She is a dutiful piggy and quite industrious.
Here's the plump, little piggy who ATE the roast beef.
The emaciated, little piggy who, alas, had none.
To add insult to injury, he has a comb-over.
His sorrow pales compared to the littlest piggy, though. She cried wee, wee, wee, all the way home, poor thing.