Seems like forever ago, Gadora painted and sent out a lil pet portrait of a wee pooch: Hamburger to some creative blogger types in Virginia. They LIKED it! Sherry and John posted it on their amazing blog-turned-life-changer Young House Love.
I couldn’t thank them enough for their original mention, but thought I’d offer their readers a Fab Freebie: one 8×10 watercolor to any lucky reader, anywhere. They agreed. I’d paint a furniture watercolor of a readers’ most revered piece, or a watercolor of their prized pet. At least 1,453 design enthusiasts checked out their blog that day (with comments), and many made their way over to Gadora. Contest Winner? These two lil piggies from North of the Border: Piglet and Tigger.
Gadora had never painted a guinea pig before. They would be my guinea pigs* of sorts for their species, get it? Sure, I’d dipped and brushed out a litter of kittens (albeit separately), several packs of dogs, a brood of hens and a horse, of course!
Painting Winner Angela’s piggies would prove a challenge: I wanted them in the same frame, but wasn’t sent a photo of them with both their mugs facing the camera.
Improvisation is key when working up a watercolor, at least on the front end to manipulate the subject matter. So, I sat with all the photos for a while and came up with their winning composition. Turns out… “Piglet and Tigger always sat this way together whenever they were out of their cage. It’s like they always had each other’s back.” Sadly Tigger is no longer with us, and never got to see her watercolor, and Oreo, Tigger’s successor, isn’t as snuggly.
Piglet presented a small challenge too. With one eye black and the other swathed in caramel brown, it was tough to decide which side to render. Since ole’ Tiggs was draped in flowing black hair, with hints of orange, I chose Piglet’s lighter side.
A close up of Piglet.
It took a l-o-o-o-o-n-g time for the pig’s portrait to arrive in Calgary, but Pig and Tig finally worked their way home. I checked. Angela emailed immediately, “I was actually just about to email you and let you know that I received the painting on Friday!”
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ASPCA ~ Guinea Pig care…
Craving Cupcakes ~ A Gadora Wilder/Stephanie Lewis mention from the winner…
Rodent-Run Power ~ Rodent Poo can sustain a small community…
A much deserved Guinea Pig bonus… Supper time.