Thursday, 17 May 2012

Each one, Reach one

On our trip to the North of Scotland here, S took this wonderful photo of one of the pigs we befriended and I really wanted to paint it. So that's what I've been working on for the last week or so.




pointillism portrait of a pig
'I'm rooting for you'  Acrylic on 12 x 12 inch canvas
 
I deliberated over whether I could include it in my Windows to the Soul series because you can't actually see this wee piggie's eyes. But then I decided that the way she would come running when we called and then jump up and stick her snout into the air with curiousity and friendliness showed me that, just like us, all farmed animals each have their own wonderful personalities when they aren't being kept squashed in gestation crates in factory farms unable to exhibit natural behaviours. 




Her snout was all muddy from all the rooting and snuffling around she did in her big mucky sty and although I'm still hoping for a lottery win so I can save her and her pal from becoming Christmas dinner for the folk who owned the croft, I have to console myself with the knowledge that at least, while she is alive, she is getting to live just as a pig should. So, based on that, I figured her portrait absolutely qualifies to be included as I think her soul still shines through even without the eyes!






Now, onto another animal story. Those kind folk who've been following my blog for a while might remember the times when I've mentioned a wee dog called Lennox, who has now been locked up in a pound for 2 years this month because of the absurd Breed Specific Legislation in force in Northern Ireland coupled with the apparent inability of Belfast City Council to correctly recognise a breed of dog or to acknowledge their own mistakes.

As this is now the 2nd anniversary of Lennox's incarceration his family and supporters are joining together over the next 72 hours to try to reach out via Facebook and Twitter in a campaign called 'Each one, Reach one' to let even more people know about Lennox's plight and that of 1000s more dogs just like him. There are over 100,000 supporters worldwide so if each one could reach one more person then that's a whole lot of support worldwide. 


All dog folk have been asked to post photos of their dogs with posters of support for Lennox so here's mine, which S kindly took with the lure of a treat held above his head to keep them so still and accommodating!:




On 24 May there will be one last appeal to overturn the decision to put Lennox down. His family will even ask the Court to consider allowing Lennox to go to the Republic of Ireland where they don't have BSL as there are many supporters there who would be willing to offer him a home. That's how much they love him.  I'd really appreciate if you would take a minute to sign the petition and send good vibes to Lennox and his family so that finally the right thing can be done.

I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday and am going to try really hard to start blogging more than just once a fortnight so I can start taking part in the Artist's Playroom as well!

32 comments:

  1. The painting is awesome! Made me smile once I really saw what it was .... so cute!

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  2. wow you have captured the pig brilliantly, so many gorgeous details. Thank you for the update on Lennox. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  3. oh...this is fabulous....love the big snuffly snout in my face...lol...awesome work...xxx

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  4. What a wonderful painting! Love it. It just catches a pig's soul perfectly, with their big, muddy snouts. There usually are two pigs on the farm next to where I work, from spring till autumn. They're outside all the time, happily digging in the ground all day, and they always have the muddiest snouts possible. They're so sweet, but it's also sad each autumn, when they're gone. What a incredible story about poor Lennox! I hope it will all come to a good end soon!

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  5. Whoops my comment got lost when I went on walkabout to look at the link where you had been in Scotland... I love those desolate outreaches! Oh makes my heart break to think poor Lennox is still locked up, I really think the egos of the council are to blame, let's hope they are enlightened & see sense before it's too late :( I love LOVE the beautiful detail in your painting it's superb, your talent is amazing & your puppies are just ADORABLE :) Have a great weekend & Happy PPF!

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  6. Poor Lennox - what a ridiculous waste of money this council is paying out to keep him locked up. I want to bang their heads together!

    Great pig piece - wonderful angle you took there, quite different and so appealing.

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  7. Your creation is so delightful ~ love it ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

    ps. will find out how to do this petition ~ No tolerance for people who abuse animals ~

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  8. I LOVE your piggy portrait! And he really doesn't need any eyes, you are right - his personality just shines through regardless! I love the comical perspective you have used here too. Good luck with Lennox - I will check out the site in a mo.
    I also have a lack of blogging time at the moment. Our internet has been down and I've been away in London on the days I would normally have been painting. I always find myself in a bit of a panic when I haven't blogged for a week! :0)

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  9. Poor Lennox, hope he comes free! Valerie

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  10. yes to the pig!! so well done. may lennox be free...

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  11. The Piggy Snout is brilliant!
    Wishing you a great PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    Happy Horse Studio

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  12. I have never seen one of these. It's really quite something. I like your pointilistic rendition of the pig. It's very well done. --I'm not so sure I wouldn't have carried that pointilist approach into the background to make him sit easier. They are really adorable.

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  13. Love your piggy snout. They are sweet. My dad had little pigs when I was small, I loved playing with them. I hope Lennox gets a home. I'm rooting for him! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. At first I thought that you had gone crazy, I gave fear until that discovered what was... lol. Saludos

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  15. What a delightful piggy portrait!
    Your perspective is great!! :)
    Seems to me that a pig's snout may be the window to it's soul. :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. At first look, I couldn't figure out what it was... That pig turn out very handsome ;)
    Wonderful work!! and happy PPF!

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  17. Great color and texture in this piece and the composition is very striking.

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  18. The piggy portrait is fantastic. It's the happiest thing I've seen today. I can just imagine her trotting over and grunting a hello every time you came near.

    Can't believe poor Lennox is still locked up in limbo. I hope this campaign helps at least get him to a new home if they can't see sense and let him go home to his family.

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  19. This litte piggy snout is super. Great post, petition signed. Lennox I'm sure thanks you from the bottom of his heart for your help. Happy PPF

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  20. Winston Churchill said he would never have a dog because they always thought themselves inferior to us. He'd never have a cat because they always thought themselves superior to us. He'd have a pig any day because they treated us as equals. Love the piggiwiggs, Nicola and hope Lennox gets out!

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  21. love your painting this week and hate that poor Lennox tale... it seems that councils are the repositories of idiots the world over... they are were petty minded people go to make everyone else miserable... heading over to check out all the info... xx

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  22. I'm amazed Lennox's story is not over yet. Hope it works out for thee best of the dog. Your doggies are adorable and I love the pigs snout. :)

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  23. Wonderful portrait of the little piggy, your love of animals shows in each piece! Good luck on the lennox campaign!

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  24. Love your piggy! We had pigs, growing up. They all have their own personalities. My heart breaks for poor Lennox and his family. I can't believe that this has been allowed to go on for so long. Keeping him locked up for that length of time is a form of torture!

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  25. What a fun painting this is...different, interesting, and very well done! HPPF!

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  26. cool perspective! Like the pointillism, too. Did the support for lennox through FB. Thanks for your comments on my art. :)

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  27. That pig is really funny! Love him!!
    And I'm going to read about Lennox. I saw something on the web, but didn't know about it....

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  28. That pig is wonderful. You know they way to a pigs heart is threw his snot. Love this.

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  29. Such a joyful painting! I wnat to befriend that piggy too. *sweet & fun*
    Btw: I want to send you my rain picture but can´t find any e-address here and your comments come as no-reply. You may find my e-address in my blog profile, so I can reply to that one. :)

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  30. So much character and personality in that piggy. LOVE it! Especially the mud and large, friendly snout! :)

    Is it too late to send a photo? I would love Misty and Brady to participate. Let me click the link. Hugs and much love from Miami for Lennox!!!

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  31. Poor Lennox! Politics, sigh, I have nothing good to say about it... I hope ti all works out.

    Great painting though.

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  32. I LOVE THE PIG PORTRAIT!!!!!!!

    I LOVE LENNOX, TOO.

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