Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Namasté...a portrait of a pig

pig+animal art+colourful contemporary art+Namasté+Nicola McLean
'Namasté' - Acrylic on canvas 20cm x 20cm

So, it seems as though my mojo has decided to come back. Despite already having a heap of ideas and reference photos to work on, I got the urge to paint a pig. So I went to my favourite online photo reference library, Paint My Photo and found the most adorable photo which I immediately printed out (on photo paper which turned out to be much smaller than the A4 size I thought I'd ordered!) and, fired up with an enthusiasm that's been sorely lacking of late, I headed out to my art shed to make a start on it. 

Sketching out the rough outline 

I already had a canvas which I'd spray painted the night sky on and decided to use that. Graphite pencils don't show up against the paint so for sketching out the rough outline of whatever I'm painting, I discovered a use for the pastels which would otherwise fester in a drawer in my art shed forever because of the intense dislike I have for the chalky mess they make. Anyway, because the acrylic spray paint creates a smooth, shiny surface, pastels are perfect for sketching because if you get it wrong, it just wipes off with a baby wipe!

Artist at work 

Once I'd sketched the pig I started adding thin layers of paint just to mark in the light and dark areas and after that it was just a matter of building up the paint until I was happy with it. I quite like using a dry brush technique as it gives a nice effect you might notice on her ears and snout.  I didn't want to layer on the texture for this one so I used a super little brush I have that allows you to get that hairy effect without having to paint them all on one at a time!

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As for the title, well, the definition of Namasté is:

My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where 
the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth, 
beauty & peace within you, 
because it is also within me.
In sharing these things
we are united, we are the same,
We are one. 

When I saw the reference photo of this pig with her eyes closed, looking so full of blissful enlightenment, she looked like she was meditating, contemplating the universe and being at peace and I wanted to find a title that reflected that and Namasté seemed perfect to me. 

pig+vegan art+animal art+blissful+namaste+Nicola McLean
Just to put the size in context
available on Artfinder


  1. Oh how gorgeous !!! What a stunningly cuuuute piggy :-D
    Have you ever sent anything to Oz cuz there's a painting that looks like it could be one of yours on Bondi Vet on tv ???? :-D

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  2. awesome!! love all the colors, pinks, blue, purples, so nice!!

  3. Love your happy pig, it's serendipity pure! Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  4. Namaste! What a happy pig. So good to see how you achieved the look as well - thank you.
    Happy PPF

  5. Oh sooo cute! Lovely! Wonderful painting Nicola!

  6. Love, love, love her ❤ She is absolutely gorgeous MS Pig. The text is so beautiful and matches so well this.
    Thank you so much for your supporting comment on my blog ♥
    Have a wonderful weekend 🐷❤❤🐷

  7. I adore your pig. She has a wonderful personality. I'd like to hug her. :D

  8. That's got to be the best pig portrait I have ever seen, Nic! Love it and admire your talent so much.

  9. Adorable!!! I love the colours and the style! Super painting full of fun :)

  10. I'm so happy that you found your mojo Nic, because this little piggy is delightful. He looks like he's had fun with that comical look about him. I also adore the way you create your backgrounds too.
    Namaste... perfect!
    Happy PPF to you

  11. LOVE this little piggie. How cute and so full of personality! Happy PPF-Erika

  12. My heart swelled when I saw this painting! Absolutely most adorable ever!! Love it so much! So happy your mojo returned...I too use chalky type of outline because it's so forgiving! Thanks for sharing... Such a joyful piggy! LOVE it!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. that is so cute :) really well done painting.

    Happy PPF! :)
    Jen #50

  14. What a sweet, adorable pig! She definitely looks like she's meditating, or at least very very content. How wonderful that your painting mojo is back! It's always annoying when it takes a break, but all the more fun when it returns.

  15. I am SO glad your MOJO IS BACK!! Hurrah! And back with quite a bang as this piggy is just stunning! Every time I think you can't top a painting, you go ahead and do it! :0)


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