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01-28-2007, 05:09 PM
Twelve Monthly Challenges ~Feb 2007

Here is our second challenge from member SaintLukesGuild.


Pork alive on the hoof, on a great platter with an apple in its mouth, pork chops, bacon, anything portraying heartfelt celebration of the pig.

Suggested for your consideration for this challenge in a classical manner follows:

Contemporary, traditional and romantic styles are all welcome.

Paint from life, a photograph, or add your imagination.

Subject: PORK

(wild boar, pig, hog, swine) are found in
mythology, literary, biblical, or contemporary sources

Focus on media of your choice.

Examples are:

oil painting,
tempera, gold paint, ink on parchment
charcoal, pen, black ink,
hand colored stone lithograph
color pencil

Other considerations for focus:

Still Life,
the figure,
animals in a composition,
illumination of a poem or myth,
an allegory,
use of a different shape of support
use of warm or cool colors
grisaille~ a grey study
indirect painting~ glazes

When you post your challenge piece,
please describe your media and technique.

What influenced your choice?

Difficulties you encountered and the way you overcame them.

Let's have fun, learn, and make art.

If you have any questions, please ask.

While we may not be an expert in all media and techniques,
we can learn more about the craft of classical art.

Good luck on this challenge.

some sources:






http://www.answers.com/topic/latvian-mythology (see #14)

The Valley of the Black Pig


Apollo purifies Orestes with blood of a pig at Omphalos of Delphi while Clytemnestra seeks to awaken sleeping furies
attributed to Eumenides painter;

Apulian, 380-370 BCE
Paris, Louvre Museum.


''In the Shape of a Boar,'' this multinational town is almost never named, but readers may recognize it as Czernowitz, still under the charm of its Hapsburg legacy 20 years after the abdication of the last Hapsburg emperor.


Eight large leaves in this illustrated manuscript depict the Dresden Altmarkt at carnival time, entirely surrounded by buildings, such as the City Hall (Rathaus) to the north. Animals, including deer, boar, bears, wolves, and wildcats were brought in, chased, and killed before hundreds of spectators. The show, in this case a boar hunt, culminated in a battle between bears and bulls, allowing city dwellers the opportunity to experience the thrill of the hunt enjoyed for centuries by the court.

Artist unknown
Tierhatz auf dem Altmarkt zu Dresden
(Animal Chase in the Old Market in Dresden)
1609, leaf 2 Paper


Art History Assorted Sources

University of Waterloo: Celebrating the Boar: Art History
Researched by Michele Laing


Pigs force rethink on human history

Invasion at the Bay of Pigs http://www.historyofcuba.com/history/baypigs/pigs.html

USDA Wild boar: http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/animals/wildboar.shtml

2007 *Chinese New Year of the Pig

Chinese Character for Pig


In the next posts are images
you may wish to consider for study or inspiration in this challenge.

Sincerely Nickel

01-28-2007, 05:12 PM
Albrecht Dürer
[German Northern Renaissance Painter and Engraver, 1471-1528]

Internationally known for his art during his lifetime, Dürer can be compared with the giants of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo and Michelangelo, for his equal facility with different forms of artistic expression as well as for his interest in and pursuit of scientific study.

Dürer's print of The Prodigal Son Amid the Swine shows his skill with engraving. Engraving, a new technique in the fifteenth century, consists of a process in which an image is scratched (engraved) onto a metal plate, inked, and printed onto paper. This technique allowed for mass production -- and thus a large and fairly inexpensive circulation -- of the artist's work.

The print illustrates a moment from the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-25). Dürer shows the prodigal son not at his joyous homecoming, but at his lowest point, kneeling in a muddy pigsty surrounded by swine on all sides. In a time of humanist thought, it is ironic that Dürer has chosen to depict a man literally on a level with beasts, almost a beast himself.


01-28-2007, 05:16 PM
Gustave Courbet
[French Realist Painter, 1819-1877]


The Little Swine-Maiden
(ca. 1849), oil on canvas
59.5 x 51.6 in. (151 x 131 cm.)
E.G. Buhrle Foundation Collection, Zurich


The Peasants of Flagey Returning from the Fair, Ornans
(ca. 1850 - 55), oil on canvas
101.2 x 80.7 in. (257 x 205 cm.)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon

01-28-2007, 05:18 PM
John Singer Sargent
[American Painter, 1856-1925]


Ilex Wood at Majorca with Blue Pigs
(1908), oil on canvas
22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.2 cm.)
Mitchell Museum

01-28-2007, 05:22 PM
David Teniers the Younger
[Flemish Baroque Era Painter, 1610-1690]


The Temptation of Saint Antoine
(n.d.), oil-base paint on wood
6 x 8.7 in. (16 cm x 22 cm)
Musée du Louvre


A Sow and Her Litter
(c. 1650 - 60), oil on oak panel
9.6 x 13.5 in. (24.4 x 34.3 cm.)
Dulwich Picture Gallery

01-28-2007, 05:25 PM
Winslow Homer
[American Painter, 1836-1910]


Bermuda Settlers
(1899-1900), watercolor
14 x 20 in. (35.6 x 53 cm.)
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

01-28-2007, 05:27 PM
Honoré Daumier
[French Realist Illustrator, 1808-1879]

Le Boucher
[the Butcher]
(n.d.), charcoal, pen, and black ink
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


Honoré Daumier, French

01-28-2007, 05:29 PM
John James Audubon
[West Indian-born American Illustrator, 1785-1851]

The Collard Peccary; Plate 31
[from: “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” - folio edition]
(1844), hand colored stone lithograph
21.25 x 27.25 in. (53.9 x 69.2 cm.)
Pub. Philadelphia, by J.T. Bowen 1844


John James Audubon, United States

01-28-2007, 05:30 PM
Simon Bening
[Flemish Northern Renaissance Manuscript Illuminator, ca.1483-1561]


December, Hunting wild boar
[from the Book of Hours]
(c. 1515), tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment
6.75 x 5 in. (17.2 x 12.7 cm.)
The British Library

01-28-2007, 05:34 PM

Saint Anthony with a leper
(c. 1517), woodcut
U.S.National Library of Medicine
from 'A Fieldbook of Wound Surgery' (1517) by Hans Von Gersdorff

after Giovanni Bologna
Hercules Carrying the Erymanthian Boar, c. 1575/1675
Widener Collection NGA


01-28-2007, 05:37 PM
Lilly Martin Spencer
[English-born American Painter, 1822-1902]


This Little Pig Went to Market, 1857
Oil on cut arched board
Charles F. Smith Fund
New Britain Museum of American Art

Ok, good luck and try to meet Luke's challenge if you can. :wave:


01-28-2007, 06:15 PM
Great resources nickel!!! I really like Winslow Homer..so im going to do The Bermuda Settlers..in pen and wash....thanks for the interesting challenge!...tyree:wave:

01-30-2007, 10:29 PM
Thanks Susan, I am glad you liked Winslow Homer.
You will do a great piece and I can't wait to see your pen and wash.
I sketched a few thumbnail sketches today.
A few different ideas to incorporate and ta da, a magic painting will
appear. :) Nickel

01-31-2007, 08:33 AM
:p I never really considered a pig or wild boar for a painting before. But I love all those illustrations you've posted, Nickel. And funnily enough, especially the Tenniers pig with his hat on!!

Should I start the pig challenge or finish the portrait challenge....I can see these challenges mounting up!!!

I think..if I use acrylics...then i could get them done quickly!!:D

01-31-2007, 02:21 PM
Lol June, that is a cute pig with the hat!
Let's see, finish your portrait first.
I have too many I haven't finished. This little piggy
can wait to go to the market. ;)

01-31-2007, 02:57 PM
junebug...that will be an excellent pic..pig with a hat:lol: looking forward to it..whats everyone else doing??? tyree:wave:

02-01-2007, 09:48 AM
Great references, Nickel.

Winslow Homer is the bomb Tyree, I like him alot too but am not ready for that. I 've got too look around somemore.

June , definitely finish the self-portait.......isn't it with those monkeys, your study was sooo cool. What medium are you doing it in?

02-01-2007, 10:19 AM
Beautiful Pics, I found some reference photos on the internet and worked up two preliminary ideas to start. Changed one by moving the dog at the bottom. any suggestions welcome before I go to the next stage.



thanks barb

02-01-2007, 11:16 AM
I can't believe its February!

Nickel - thank you for all of the links and reference images - been busy lately, but looking forward to following them.

Great drawing PushingPixels - should be a very interesting painting. I guess this is where "piggyback" ride came from?

Hope you are going to continue with your sp June. I've still got a ways to go, but really want to complete it. Half finished paintings are so sad!

Bermuda Settlers sounds like something so much different than the image! They should be fun to paint Tyree - and you gotta hand it to those pigs, they were smart. Wish I was settling in Bermuda.

I was talking on the week 57 thread about my plans...my disorganized mind can't keep to the right threads! I want to do a pig on the hoof also and hope to use a steel "canvas" that I've had hanging around. I was painting on one the other day, for the first time in about 7 years and loved how the paint worked against the metal. So I really want to work on that material again.

The image I have in mind is one of pigs seen through the slats of a truck. I live nearby Toronto where this is a pork/pig abbattoir. I see these trucks flying down the highway in the middle of winter, full of very cold looking pigs peeking out through the metal slats sides. I will try tracking down a truck and following it to where I can take pictures. This seems like an image that would make sense on a steel ground. Not sure how my "pig hunting" will go though.
Then I looked at the Butcher image by Daumier posted, something like that would work well on this ground too.

My "January" challenge should be dry enough to approach again today to work on - don't want this to drag on until next month. Just thought - maybe I can combine the two images! My head doesn't have a body, and with this cold weather trapping me inside I'm feeling pretty porcine...hhmmm:eek:

02-01-2007, 12:04 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2007/65063-homers_pigs.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2007/65063-sues_pigs.jpg Here is my challenge for the month ...Homer Winslows...pen..w/c pencils...thanks for the challenge:D tyree

02-01-2007, 02:23 PM
Tyree - what beautiful colours - and the image appears so much more animated now. Your pigs are much happier than my pigs.

I've decided that it was too cold to be chasing down trucks - not to mention that I don't have a car, so it would involve borrowing one. So I have been hunting down slaughterhouse pictures. Man...after a morning of that I am definitely not returning to meat eating! Found an image that I think will work well on the metal support I want to use. In a strange way there is a lot of beauty in these pig innards. To get rid of the man I will really have to develop some chiarascuro talents and use more imagination than I want to fill in the blanks. Funny, I frequent a part of the city known as Little Portugal, the main street is lined with barbeque shops with big signs that read "churrasquiera."


02-01-2007, 05:26 PM
hi azul!!! barb...thats a terrific drawing..i guess that is where the term came from piggyback:eek: lol...laurie...id say my piggies are wayyyy happier then yours...:( looks complicated to draw....tyree:wave:

02-01-2007, 07:28 PM
Okay if this is not incentive to become vegitarian I don't know what is:smug: :smug:
Innerds, is that like pork bellies and collard greens??

How bout that good ole southern style BBQue pork with cole slaw.. yum.
Nickel you know what I'm talking about!!! Carolina Style.

I heard you got some snowy weather,, is that true?:clap:

02-01-2007, 07:42 PM
Hi Barb and Tyree. Great work. I love the piggy-back drawing!! And the piggies on the island are so happy and colourful.

The photo of the hanging meat would make you think about being a vegetarian, wouldn't they?

As for me, I've been a vegetarian since 1990. I had a lot of difficulty digesting meat. Also its the principle of the thing. I prefer to talk to the animals!! But its everyman/woman's own choice, isn't it.

02-01-2007, 08:08 PM
Hi ya Barb, I like the drawing, funny about Susan saying this was piggyback.
I do like the dog looking in rather than out but I am not sure
the dog may be too low on the right. Watch the triangle composition.

Susan adorable painting. Very cheerful and happy!

wow Laurie, I can't hardly look at this picture, it's so graphic.
I don't know that I could paint it.

And yes a reason to not eat
meat. :( :( :(

Same reason I've avoided lamb, "Mary had a little lamb"
rabbit "peter rabbit" etc.

Though I have enjoyed a good
bbq here in the south in the past
I do lean more toward plant protein these days.

I did see once a painting by Rembrandt I think
of a cow like this.

Yes Snow Barb, but a let down, could still see the grass so not much.
It's freaking cold though........brrrrrr.

Hi ya June!

I wonder if Luke will join us for his challenge?
I expect he will draw us a piece of bacon :evil: :p
I bet he can't draw a piece of bacon ;)


02-01-2007, 08:37 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure how well I'll be feeling painting this either. I was trying to cut and paste the photo to work out the composition and I was gagging. Literally. These steel supports have been a very strange experience for me. They are modelled on some "found" supports I painted on - I think they were egg trays from an old farm, used to carry eggs in an ice box to market (or so someone with old farming experience speculated) They ended up being a 9 part painting of a dead crow. My artistic protest to the clearing of some trees where I had watched a crow family nest and grow. Then I built these larger supports of the same design to paint images of the house that was torn down next. I have 3 left over and they really are beautiful to paint on. But with my past experience they have very heavy unpleasant associations...I guess thats why my pigs are in such a sad state.

I have been a vegetarian for 20 some years. If I actually complete this painting and keep it around, whenever I get razzed about not eating meat I can just sit the person down in front of the painting! Gotta finish the selfportrait though - been struggling with that all afternoon/evening....

02-03-2007, 08:54 PM
Well lol wonders of all pigs. I never knew so much about them.
And thanks to Luke's challenge, I have a new found interest in them.

Now back to this graphic pig. Laurie believe it or not you are
actually on to something important in this image.

At least if you will take a ride back in time 500 years or so with me

The theme of the slaughtered pig and the tradition of the Netherlandish butchers' shop were probably established by Aertsen, who painted many such pictures. The genre continued until Rembrandt and beyond. It is also supposed to have a religious significance, as an allegory of the Crucifixion and the Eucharist, represented respectively by the pig in the foreground and the wine being brought from the cellar in the background.


Slaughtered Pig

Joachim Beuckelaer
Belgian Mannerist
born 1530 - died 1574

Oil on oak
Wallraf-Richartz Museum


Guess you can add wine to your painting? :thumbsup:

It does put the image in a different perspective :wave: Nickel

02-03-2007, 09:45 PM
Nickel - thank you so much. (or maybe not as now the challenge has just stepped up several notches).

I thought of Soutine when I was looking at the slaughterhouse images, but his work is so very different from the direction I wanted to take this. I will look further into Beuckelaer, this is more the idea I had in mind.

The image that you posted and the quote reminded me of a sculpture I did a few years back...everything is coming together here. The house images that I made these steel supports for, the dead crows and this sculpture are all related to the same "demolition." Many large trees were cut down too - this whole episode ate up a year of my life - we didn't save many of the trees, but I did have many tree parts to work with. The crucifixion theme came up after the fact with this sculpture too. I'm not religious, but what a strong impact this time of imagery has. Going back to dig out this image was like a trip in a time warp.... Thank you! Its been a nice break from putting my lips back where they were supposed to be (and used to be) in the January sp!

This sculpture hung on the wall, was about 9 ft tall...made of bark (coated with rabbit skin glue - so there was something classical about it!) and wire.
The second image is a detail.



Looking at this, it seems very fleshlike. I guess that is what I was feeling at the time - didn't think I would be looking at this for inspiration for a slaughtered pig painting though!

02-03-2007, 09:53 PM
Laurie, how very interesting this sculpture.
I love reading the story behind it.

It is amazing to me how things
in our lives come full circle.

It reminds me of my momma, she said you can't run
away from things in life. It's true.

((must put lips in right place on face or people will think Piccaso ;) )

and I like his work :D

02-03-2007, 09:57 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot about the wine...well I think I will make the ultimate sacrifice and just internalize that wine for this whole painting challenge:).

02-03-2007, 10:02 PM
HAAAAA! :D don't you feel charitable and pass some around
for your friends? :D

02-03-2007, 10:19 PM
It's on the house :clap: :clap: :clap:


OSTADE, Adriaen Jansz. van
Tavern Interior
Watercolour on paper, 228 x 203 mm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

02-03-2007, 11:45 PM
Nickel - of course! You have set the space, I will bring the wine. Fabulous idea. I hope that I will drink from a mouth set somewhere between the nose and chin. When I sleep they move around - so tomorrow I may find them midcheek. Really glad I am not doing a figurative painting - who knows where it would turn up.
(and this is sober thinking - sure you are willing to share a - trying to think of something classical - goblet? skin? of wine with the likes of me? Hope so:))

02-04-2007, 09:27 AM
been off looking at meat paintings, found a contemporary artist, Victoria Reynolds. Here are a few of her images.

Down the Primrose Path 2004, oil on panel, 44x29 inches

Flight of the Reindeer 2003, oil on panel, 32x43.75 inches

She is very aware of the classical tradition she is following, this site has an interview with her:


a quote from the interview:

"Dutch still life “vanitas,” displaying food, meat and confections, symbolized “the good life” while reminding us of our mortality, and my paintings recall that tradition. My subject matter also refers to the body, Passion and sacrifice of Christ, which, in paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, was often symbolized by meat. A slaughtered animal could symbolize the death of a Christian believer, and for centuries, “the weak flesh” and “the way of all flesh” have been alluded to in paintings of butchered meat."

The same interview clued me in to St Lukes choice of challenge:

"A portrait of St. Luke, for instance, is apt, since he's the patron saint of artists and butchers. The concepts in my work range from the carnal to the divine, and the imagery ranges from visceral, baroque, fleshly renderings to spare, minimal, flat slabs of lunchmeat."

I like the ornate frames she uses for her paintings. Pondering now painting a frame around my pigs....

02-07-2007, 08:47 PM
I've always wanted to paint a Celtic Knot design for a
kind of frame around a painting. Add some gold leaf and ink.
I have not started my work for this challenge yet. I have done
some thumbnail sketches. That said, I may do something
other than what I sketched. I'll get it done ;)
Has anyone saw Luke's bacon yet? hehe

02-08-2007, 09:13 AM
Your idea for creating a frame with gold leaf and ink sounds quite lovely...I don't know if I will follow the frame thought, just mulling all these things over in the back of my head while I paint these others, hoping, as you said earlier, that its magically all ready to go when I am.

02-10-2007, 11:21 PM
hmmmm...came to check out the pig challenge:eek: only two so far:eek: tyree:D

Lauren F-M
02-18-2007, 12:23 AM
What an interesting challenge! :clap:

Tomorrow (Sunday, February 18) is the Chinese New Year, and the start of the Year of the Pig (aka -- Boar):clap: Not only is it the year of the Pig, but it's the year of the Golden Pig, which only happens every 60 years! I heard on the radio that many Chinese want to have children born in this year, as it is such good fortune.

According to a book I have on Chinese astrology, the Pig year is "A year of goodwill to all." " The boar's year is one of plenty." I'm sure you can find out more online, if you are interested.

I am thinking of going to our city's Central Experimental Farm, where I can visit the Pig barn and sketch some of the pigs -- there should be sows with piglets! I haven't been there for many years; not since I took my own kids when they were small.

I hope to put something up here soon, but am not sure I want to draw dead pigs or food.

Another contemporary artist I admire who does very elegant paintings of uncooked meat (roasts and chicken come to mind) is Mary Pratt, who is from Newfoundland, here in Canada.

Very interesting thread so far! :thumbsup:

Lauren :wave:

02-18-2007, 10:52 AM
Hi Lauren, thanks for joining in!

I do very much enjoy reading about the Chinese New Year.
I didn't know about the Golden Pig.

Lol, I must tell you, I am painting a Golden Pig.

But it is from Norse Mythology and his name is Gullinbursti

Gullinbursti (meaning "Gold Mane or Golden Bristles") is a boar in Norse mythology.

When Loki had Sif's hair, Freyr's ship Skíðblaðnir and Odin's spear Gungnir fashioned by the Sons of Ivaldi, he bet his own head with Brokkr that his brother Eitri (Sindri) wouldn't have been able to make items to match the quality of those mentioned above.

So to make gifts to Freyr, Eitri threw a pig's skin into a furnace as Brokkr worked on the bellows, and together they manufactured the boar Gullinbursti which had bristles in its mane that glowed in the dark.

The story of Gullinbursti's creation is related in the Skáldskaparmál section of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda.

and I chose this Artwork by Jacques Reich (1852 - 1923) showing the Norse god Freyr, but will enhance somewhat to my liking.




What do you think?
Will this meat (hehe) the challenge of pork? :wave:

Going to incorporate more symbols into this.........I am having fun!

Sincerely Nickel

Lauren F-M
02-18-2007, 11:44 AM
Hi, Nickel!

You are finding so many interesting sources of Pig-related art through history and cultures. :clap: :clap:

The Norse god Freyr is also known as Frey, and is regarded as one of the three major Norse gods -- with Odin and Thor. Loki is the trickster god, whose meddling is often the catalyst for many adventures of the Norse myths.

This boar, Gullinbursti "had shining bristles that lit up the world as it flew through the air."
(Another interesting image, eh!)

I get a kick out of the Victorian images of Norse gods -- this one has Freyr looking almost Roman or Greek in garb. Norse/Viking clothing was not so dramatic, and more suited for a Northern climate. :D (also, they didn't really have horns on their helmets)

Good to see your Freyr, though the shot is not so clear. Are you working more on it?:confused:

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

02-18-2007, 12:29 PM
Now, I wonder if St Luke had any idea about all this? Year of the (golden) Pig...the incredible pig references you have presented for us Nickel...I had no idea that the pig played such a role!

Nickel, your painting is so exciting. The story behind it and the image...I'm very much looking forward to seeing it progress. With all of the goodluck surrounding the image, it should come out very well indeed!

Lauren, thank you for the Mary Pratt connection, I have seen her work, but hadn't, until today, seen her paintings of meat...needless to say I'm very impressed, like I have always been with her work. Hope you have luck at the farm!

02-18-2007, 02:22 PM
Hi Ladies, yes, just starting this......

It's an alla prima so won't be so long, hopefully next day or so finished.

Here's some more on the porker.

Plus I am digging this guys body :evil:
He does for sure look like a Greek God more than a Viking

I stink pretty bad at taking photos
now just need to think how to make a golden pig~:wave:


02-18-2007, 03:03 PM
Nickel...your pig's expression at this stage is priceless. He is THE PIG of all pigs. And, he knows it! He seems quite certain the Freyr is just his stage curtain :lol:

02-18-2007, 07:28 PM
Thanks Laurie, I was thinking he thought the same thing, lol!
The pig!!!:D Thanks for the smile!;)

02-19-2007, 01:33 AM
That is one great pig. Some pig. Isn't that a Charlotte's web quote?

02-19-2007, 12:14 PM
Looking good, Nickel.

02-19-2007, 03:46 PM
nickel...pigs can arch their eyebrows??:p terrific work..cant wait to see your finish...tyree:wave:

02-19-2007, 09:39 PM
Hi Ladies, hope you won't mind an update~not finished yet but
you can see where I' going. :D :wave:


02-19-2007, 10:13 PM
Nickel...wonderful progress! Seeing this image come to life with colour is very exciting - glad you're posting along the way! I like your sun and moon (I think:)) in the background too. And that mysterious light coming from the left. Everything stands out a bit more in your version - and that pig, although somewhat humbled now that Freyr is coming alive, is till great!
Can't wait to see your next post.

02-20-2007, 08:11 AM
I prefer cats, looks like that porker would pack alot of crunchies!

Lauren F-M
02-20-2007, 09:59 AM

This is lookin' GOOD! :clap:

The painterly colours are adding much grandeur to Freyr -- indeed he looks more of a great god of Asgard than in the original, and the pig is looking quite important, too! :thumbsup:

Nice treatment! :clap:
Is that the rainbow bridge, Bifrost, in the background? :confused:

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

02-20-2007, 10:19 AM
I prefer cats, looks like that porker would pack alot of crunchies!

A few cats for you :D


Title: Daniel in the Lions' Den
Year: 1613-1615
Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Picture taken at: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

02-20-2007, 10:21 AM
Is that the rainbow bridge, Bifrost, in the background? :confused:

Cheers, Lauren :wave:

Your pretty good Lauren, that was or is kind of the idea :D

Any suggestions on how to enhance this idea would help me.
I was thinking a small castle in the sky toward the upper right
Just floundering now.

02-21-2007, 09:08 AM
whoooa, nice kittie, nice kittie, and Daniel looks so tender :lol:

I think a castle or something would be good there. You have done a great job on the hilt of the sword......it looks like it could have been hard to get a clear image with all that leather and scabbord and fingers....A nice piece of bling:lol:

02-21-2007, 12:12 PM
nickel...how about some majestic mountains..?? something with strength...its a wonderful piece btw....:clap: :clap: tyree:wave:

02-22-2007, 05:52 PM
Thanks ladies, right now, I haven't touched it since the other day.
Not too happy looking at it, not sure why, but will work on it some more.
It's the pause and reflect, in otherwords, not sure, so wait
until I know.

02-22-2007, 10:59 PM

The Florentine boar
Bronze statuette
Associated with Antonio Susini
Museum no. A.153-1910

The original Florentine boar was carved from marble some time during the centuries BC by a Greek sculptor. The original Boar was said to have been excavated with other figures which together made up a hunting scene, depicting the Calydonian Boar killed by Meleager. In the late 16th century, the Boar was displayed alongside two dogs and a figure of a man in the throes of attacking it.


The Florentine Boar - Worldwide

The Renaissance Period represented a time of re-discovery of the Greco-Roman period, and a return to realism in art and many such statues were re-produced by famous artists of the period. Pietro Tacca had developed some revolutionary casting techniques during the late 16th century (c1580), which he used to make a bronze cast from the marble boar in the Uffizi Gallery (c1610-20). This was to become known as the Florentine Boar.

Five full size (Bronze) copies of the original Florentine Boar were made during the 1960s for several parks in Canada, America and Australia, this trend continues to this day.

The Florentine Boar is available as stone, bronze, even a fiberglass moulding, from hundreds of suppliers around the world. Thousands are now displayed publicly around the world, Derby Arboretum was almost certainly a true pioneer of this trend.

Other ancient representations of wild boar may be found in the ruins of ancient Roman cities (Worldwide), Greek Islands, the Far East, India. Pakistan, and the Middle East, where the animals are considered as a ferocious challenge to hunters.

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Mony G
02-23-2007, 03:28 AM

I'm sorry but I've been losing most of the fun as my ADSL connection wasn't working for more than a week! Now it's all over, thank goodness so I can take a look back in here! I'm trying to catch up with the works ... Nickel, your work is very interesting and so are your references! Here's my entry, as I wasn't being lazy in these days!


I chose the cute side of this very interesting animal which I had never thought was so considered in ancient art for what it represented!
Mine is a "piglet"!(pastels on light yellow paper) . I think I am improving with pastels lately... what do you think?
I'm anxious to see the other works before the end of February! :clap:


02-23-2007, 09:43 AM
Nickel - lovely job there - I lost interest in my hunting scene... been too busy and not feeling so well. But someday I may go back to it.

Mony how cute!! Hard to believe these little cuties grow up to be such HOGS. Your are improving mightily on your pastels. I like them cause it is like sketching in color at times.

I'm off to work... see you kids later :D

02-23-2007, 10:18 AM
:thumbsup: Got a pig done!! Its only a teeny one. ATC size, so I'll put it on my atc site soon. 2 birds with 1 stone.

Acrylics and ink line, 2.5 by 3.5ins, 'Amazing dancing pig'.

It was fun to do.:lol:

02-23-2007, 10:19 AM
Mony, I love your pastel 'babe' piglet!

02-23-2007, 10:55 AM
And not a single reference so far to male chauvinist or police "pigs?" Suppose that wouldn't be classical. :lol:

Well, I've just moved, and still have too much to do, but there are still a few more days 'til the end of the month, so perhaps by then I'll give it a try. Not a clue what to paint, but with all the illustrated suggestions & allusions contributed thus far, I'm sure I can think of something sufficiently swinish. :evil:

02-23-2007, 01:51 PM
And not a single reference so far to male chauvinist or police "pigs?" Suppose that wouldn't be classical. :lol:

Well, I've just moved, and still have too much to do, but there are still a few more days 'til the end of the month, so perhaps by then I'll give it a try. Not a clue what to paint, but with all the illustrated suggestions & allusions contributed thus far, I'm sure I can think of something sufficiently swinish. :evil:

Lol, Carol neither of those two references to pigs crossed my mind. ;)

If you like, it'd be nice to see what you come up with, and don't let the numbers in the month challenge your time. In other words, the month is over
when we say. :evil: I don't live my life by numbers :D

However, all this and that said, this weekend, in the journey thread, we will be looking for our first poster to submit a challenge for March.

I'm excited for the next project :) :wave: N

02-23-2007, 01:53 PM


Adorable, is not enough :heart: :heart: :heart: sweet!!!!!
I love this Mony!!!

02-23-2007, 01:55 PM
:thumbsup: Got a pig done!! Its only a teeny one. ATC size, so I'll put it on my atc site soon. 2 birds with 1 stone.

Acrylics and ink line, 2.5 by 3.5ins, 'Amazing dancing pig'.

It was fun to do.:lol:

June I love this AMAZING DANCING PIG :clap: :clap: :clap: :heart: :heart:


02-23-2007, 01:57 PM
- I lost interest in my hunting scene... been too busy and not feeling so well. But someday I may go back to it.


Barb, it's too good not to get back to your hunting scene ~
feeling poorly
HUGS Friend!

Feel Better! :heart: N

02-24-2007, 11:55 AM
The mystery of the pig runs the full gamut in history!

Mony - your pig is beguiling, pastel suits this image so well!

June - your dancing pig brings a smile - he is so light on his feet!

Re: Twelve Monthly Challenges~Jan 2007
Fire up the stove and knock the rust off the cast iron skillet. Saint Luke is bringing home the bacon. Trudging in three feet of snow, a 400 lb pig on his back. As always, for him, a simple "project" explodes and goes flying off into a masterpiece of art. Hope I will arrive home under the Feb. wire. Keep the faith baby.

well here you go Saint Luke...we are ready over here


(I'll pass on the dinner, but I snuck some wine from that nice pub Nickel introduced us too for us to share)

Carol - I never thought of those two pigs! Will you go down that path to broaden our range of pigs?

I'm goint to start my February challenge soon - somehow I've managed to have seven paintings on the go. Five are almost done though, so time to start the nasty pig picture.

02-24-2007, 05:19 PM
lol Laurie, you recon Luke has felt the heat yet :D


I love this, Oh Luke, Luke, Luke, are you feeling a little warm honey? :D

02-26-2007, 08:17 AM
Mony - that pig is smiling!

June - that little pig is footloose!

smiling pig, dancing pig, grazing pigs (tyree), golden pig (nickel) and mine is hiding pig...

02-26-2007, 10:44 AM
Hey Azulparsnip, you made it! :D
That's one beautiful pig!
I am loving your grasses, so lively!

Lol, you are funny this morning too! If I was your pig,
I'd hide from that frying pan ;)

See yah Nickel :)

02-26-2007, 10:48 AM
Azul - your pig discovery and your drawing are wonderful - I like the grass very much too (especially after shovelling a foot of snow this morning!)

I don't think these wonderful pigs have to worry about the frying pan....that's intended for Luke..:D

02-26-2007, 10:58 AM
:eek: wow...these pigs turned out cute...mony..completely adorable..good job with those pastels.!!!! junebug...the dancing pig in atc size is too cute..he could have his own show...:D azul...i love it..the little guy in those soft grasses..beautiful job...tyree:wave:

02-26-2007, 05:49 PM
Hi Azul, I love the russet colours of your pig. Hiding in the grass. Quite right!!

02-27-2007, 09:51 AM
Well done with this~added some mountains, but the rainbow hanging, well, maybe, some idea will come later. I tried a few castles, but looked weird, so painted them out. Now on to the next challenge. :wave: Nickel


02-27-2007, 11:06 AM
I like him just the way he is! well done.
What's up for March??

02-27-2007, 01:08 PM
well here you go Saint Luke...we are ready over here


Funny thing happened trudging in the snow with the pig on my back. I fell in love with her. No skillet, no fire, no sizzling bacon. She is now isolated on the big board, as protected as the gold in Ft. Knox.

02-27-2007, 06:08 PM
Hmmm. I was going to upload my 'progress' image, a quick w/c pencil sketch, in the Progress Images section of this project. But apparently it's not a project in that sense! :lol:

Will try to paint an actual, if very loose, painting of my Feb. project tomorrow, and upload that. Because I don't have digicam yet, it will only be an eighth sheet (about 7.5"x11"), so I can scan it. It will have layers (of transparent watercolor :angel: ), Biblical allusion, & pigs; more than that I do not promise. :D

02-27-2007, 07:04 PM
But apparently it's not a project in that sense! :lol:

Apparently we get a whole sub forum to play in :D
Hope it didn't cause you any trouble, I'll help if I can.
Congrats Carol on 10,000 post :thumbsup: Nickel

02-27-2007, 07:07 PM
I fell in love with her.

:music: Let me call you sweetheart:music: I'm in love with you:music:

I didn't see it, where's the beef, err...pork :)

Let her loose:music:

02-27-2007, 07:28 PM
I like him just the way he is! well done.
What's up for March??

Thanks very much Barb! He's growing on me :)
Now what's up for March???

Lol, we voted, :eek: you get to do laundry :evil:

kidding :D

We are doing folds together.
Come see
Susan had a great idea and started us out!
I have a link in the signature line.
We are waiting for you.

:wave: Nickel

02-27-2007, 08:24 PM
Well done with this~added some mountains, but the rainbow hanging, well, maybe, some idea will come later. I tried a few castles, but looked weird, so painted them out. Now on to the next challenge. :wave: Nickel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2007/39040-54a.jpg nickel...this turned out beautifully..i love the magestic mountains..and the whole atmosphere..great work...tyree:clap: :clap: :clap:

02-28-2007, 08:16 AM
:clap::clap::clap: Nickel. Wonderful pig, wonderful man, wonderful painting! I really like the ground he stands on. It seems that they have just risen from beneath the water to conquer all that they see.
Let's hope that this golden pig doesn't catch a peek of Luke's Love or there will be chaos in the February challenge thread!

02-28-2007, 08:56 AM
This is the epitome of masculine magesty. The tusk, the man's..... drapery :cool:

02-28-2007, 09:13 AM
Nickel, your painting has such a nice spaciousness. The man and boar are very personable. Glory has not gone to their heads.

02-28-2007, 11:23 AM
Just got a strong reminder that Madame Pig belongs here. She got snooty for a while, put on a pedestal and all...


02-28-2007, 11:30 AM
Adorable, and so deserving of the pedestal!

Thank you Luke for this challenge! I've learned a lot!

Hugs Nickel

ps, thanks very much for all the nice comments folks on my pig :D
I had a great time with you all and painting this challenge!

Mony G
02-28-2007, 12:23 PM
Adorable, and so deserving of the pedestal!

Thank you Luke for this challenge! I've learned a lot!

Hugs Nickel

ps, thanks very much for all the nice comments folks on my pig :D
I had a great time with you all and painting this challenge!

.....and this month was such a good one ... with a lot of good work!... can't hardly wait to see next month's!


02-28-2007, 01:46 PM
Great pig drawing, St lukesguild. That is SO neat!!

02-28-2007, 01:49 PM
And Nickel, marvellous painting. I love the scene and especially the pig. Super warrior-god image.

02-28-2007, 09:09 PM
I started the painting today... First I spent a couple hours messing around with a digital (scanned) version of my second sketch, moving things around for the composition and color design -- but then a laptop ate it. What was supposed to be my reference image turned totally black! :eek: Anyway, I figure the final composition is in my head by now, and although I'm not quite going to meet the deadline for finishing it, I'll post the final painting tomorrow or Friday (unless something else goes wrong :rolleyes: ). Just to keep it 'legal,' there will be some draped material and a couple other 'folds' in this one, too. :D

02-28-2007, 10:46 PM
saint luke...that is a fabulous pig drawing...love the windows especially...tyree:thumbsup:

03-01-2007, 02:39 PM
Thanks June, my pig wants to go dancing with your pig :D

03-01-2007, 02:42 PM
-- but then a laptop ate it.

That's the bad thing about pigs, they taste good! :)

03-01-2007, 07:34 PM
:lol: The small painting is in progress, about 1/3 finished. I'll post it tomorrow, all other things being equal....

03-11-2007, 03:00 PM
Finally finished! This is stiff and horrible, more like a color study than a painting, but as it's taken all my available painting time over the past few weeks, I hereby declare it finished, regardless. Should probably have researched more about pigs (not one of the 6 pix I found showed their eyes), and if I were to take more time I'd soften the their edges (and probably the closest are too big, part of that research I didn't get to). Other critiques welcome, but to be honest I'm just very happy to cross it off my list of things to do. :rolleyes:


03-11-2007, 03:49 PM
This has a nice feelig to it. What is the title of the piece. Is it the demons going into the pigs. I'm glad you finished and posted it.

03-12-2007, 01:47 PM
Carol I like your painting! I like the colors and the action and the questions I ask when I look at it. Ah ha, like hmmm. Ok. I think maybe the second pig is just a bigger pig. But that's not even the point, it's a good painting. Has a message and it speaks, can't ask more than that. I know you struggled to paint this, I'm sorry, but life is a struggle right, good comes. I think we all can get caught up in the perfect, and miss the beauty of in-perfect. Thanks for sharing. Pardon my soap box ramblings, not directed at anyone really. Maybe me. ;) N

03-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Thanks, azul & Nickel, I'm glad you like it more than I do! :lol: I didn't title it, but it might be Legion. The pigs (particularly the closest ones) are too large, I think, and probably the wrong type (or species), too. Anyway, I guess it's classical enough, eh? :angel:

On to the March challenge next, which should fit Abs/Con just as well as here, though it will have material, and lots of folds. And probably a hand. :evil:

03-13-2007, 06:15 PM
lol, a hand too :eek:

reminds me of the office depot commercial, I need a extra hand :)

03-14-2007, 04:05 AM
Carol, I know that feeling. Thank goodness its done! I quite like your pigs. That upperleft corner is very nice. The almost abstract quality of the pigs as they become more translucent in the distance.

My pigs are barely an outline. Not sure at this point if I will continue...they make me a bit nauseous!

03-14-2007, 01:25 PM
Oh, I do think you should finish your pigs! :evil: Then I won't be the last to finish. :lol:
The man was to have chains (broken) around his wrist and ankle, which is why he's looking at his hand, and there were to be a few more links around the tree... but it was too much more work, particularly on such a small and dark painting (about 7.5"x11"), so I just deleted that from the Plan. :D Someday I'll learn to paint a properly stunted tree, too. Btw, I just noticed my 2 small conifers (cedars? yew? can't remember now) are practically invisible in that scan!

Nickel, I'm without a tv so I haven't seen the commercial... My clever plan for fitting into the Classical forum is to employ classical (mythic, perhaps Biblical) allusions. :angel: Can't think of a way to allude to anything, using material or folds, without at least one hand!

03-14-2007, 10:24 PM
Carol...just reread my post. Must have been having a dyslexic moment...I meant the upper right area....

03-15-2007, 08:48 PM
carol...i like your pig study very much..the figures at the bottom of the hill..looks like theyre condeming the pigs...everything has a surrealist feeling..great job...tyree:clap: