3.03.2017

Too Many Pictures of Pigs



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.






Her apron gives away the fact that she is the one who cooked the roast beef.





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.



4 comments :

cadie said...

Wow, you did a great job with painting those!

Rebecca said...

Wow! That set of pigs is incredible! The idea was brilliant, as was the execution. You are good, so good!

THREE EXCLAMATION POINTS! (Four.)

So much goodness has come from your fingertips in these posts~ so much creativity! (five)

Abigail said...

Thank you, both!

They were fun to make, though in looking at the pictures now, I'm already seeing things I messed up on. Sheesh. Good thing my painting, such as it is, is confined to small and easy projects.

Abigail said...

p.s. By "easy," I mean little, crafty, cute-sy things instead of a bonafide painting. I'd probably take years to finish one.