Wet Pig

Wet Pig

Decisions, decisions - I suppose adding the sprinkler would "explain" the painting, but it makes sense to me to leave it as it is. However: don't you go listening to me: no good will come of it! Really like those crisp brush-strokes, and the porker's shadow.

Robert it makes sense to me too and the risk is to splatter it with painterly water spray and then it looks like a big accident!! I think to quit while I am ahead...move away from the paintbrush!!!! Anyway my daughter has ordered another two small piggy pictures to match for her new bedroom so best I move on...

Good shapes and shadows.On a technical level, I like the dark bristly hair on the pigs back-would be interested to discover the colours used?

Hello Douglas, for the dark patches on the pigs back I mixed Prussian blue with burnt Sienna. I don't use black. For the light patches I used Titanium white with a touch of Winsor Yellow just to take the edge off, and yellow ochre light for the browner bristles.I tried to stick to a limited palette. I used a palette knife mostly. The only problem with this method is it uses quite a bit of paint...goodness knows how long it will take to dry....and if anyone has any tips on varnishing an oil painting with such heavy texture (obviously not quite yet), I would be all ears. All of the paints are Winsor and newton Artists oils. Hope that helps

Hi Louise, I think the movement and story you have create with this happy wet pig is enough without the water splats. In my opinion (if it's worth anything) keep it as it is. :-)

Love him Louise, especially the brush/knife strokes.

This is a great pig painting Louise, such character in its face

Louise - paint applied with a palette knife usually needs to wait for around 12 months before a final coat of varnish is applied; others will disagree with this, but, for what it's worth, that's my firm view. However you can oil it out before then, if the colours are dull in places or the degree of gloss is uneven. W & N oil painting medium is one of the recommended oils for this - basically just apply a thin layer with a lint free cloth (if needed, not otherwise) when the paint is dry to the touch. If I were a commercially-minded sort, I would add that I cover this subject in my ebook, now entitled Oil Painting Basics, and available at an entirely reasonable sum. But I'm not, so I won't.

We all seem to agree - finished! Lovely and fun painting. Thanks Robert for tip. So oiling out - you only "do" the "dull" bits? Thanks.

Love pigs, love this....

Love pigs, love this....

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Please excuse my lack of picture cropping.. I have intended to go out into the garden and include the water spray from the piggy...but on having a little break from the painting, now I'm not so sure it needs it....

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