Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pigs and a Chick

Here is Miss S-L Wyandotte, with all the glazing done and the masking off.

I have started to work on her head and feet ...

... and now the details are done [most likely]
I'd like Christine [the purchaser] to take a look before I put the ground shadow in place. 

I am adding more of a red/orange to their coats, and a violet/orange in the shadowed areas.

I've put in the start of a loose background, to give myself an idea of how dark to take the piglets.

Still darkening the pigs, and adding some detail to their faces.

I've been going back in my mind to try to figure out why I have such a strong love of animals. It might partly be my grandmother's doing. She used to put my sister and I to bed by telling us stories she made up, all about the adventures of Momma Pussy, Daddy Pussy and Baby Pussy. I can still hear her voice. And then I remember visits to the zoo in Toronto. As I recall, it had large natural-type enclosures for the animals. My favorite thing to do was to feed the animals pieces of bread and fruit and vegetable through the fencing. I LOVED to watch their excitement at the food,  happily munching away.
That's it for now. It's sunny, the ground is fairly drained, and my big muncher is waiting for some exercise and carrots.

As always, your comments are most welcome!


  1. chick looks excellent at this stage katharyn

  2. I am loving these subjects. They are unique and you do them extremely well. I envy your enthusiasm. Mine disappeared over the last months and I'm trying to get it back; your blog is helping.

  3. Your chicken looks so proud and pretty and the piglets are just adorable!

  4. Hi Kyathryn,

    Very powerful colour and shape. I like it.
    3 pigs are adorable.

  5. The chicken looks wonderful already! I never have any success with masking fluid!
    And those pigs are so fun! I love the feeling of bright sunlight! :0)

  6. Love your three little piggies and the hen Kathryn! I think that a "love of animals" is something one is (mostly) born with, or not. Your "love" shines through.

  7. Your chicken is so lovely Kathryn! I love the way her feet are standing. So cute:) And the pigs are turning out great. This is going to be a wonderful painting. The colors are great.
    Your grandmother has learned you a wonderful thing: the love for animals. She must have been a wonderful lady!