Last week Maureen wrote asking for two of my Pink Sneaker Potholders. One of the potholders she wanted was already sold, so I told her I’d make another like it for her. She also asked if I would be willing to make her a Pink Pig Potholder. It seemed out of context, except for the pink part, but I considered it.
Actually, I’ve been thinking about pigs since our neighbors pigs escaped from his yard and Jon another neighbor and I helped round them up and get them back home. (If you haven’t already you can see photos and read about the pig escape here) I even woke up the next morning thankful that the pig didn’t get into our garden. So pigs were on my mind, I was even thinking of doing a pig piece, loosely about the incident. I’ve always found pigs to be interesting creatures, but haven’t spent any time around the. I’ve heard pigs can be mean, but I thought our neighbors pigs were pretty easy going. I kinda liked them.
Then there’s their noses, like a cats tail, they seem to have a life of their own. And those little feet, which seem delicate compared to the rest of the pig. It always looks to me like they are walking on high heels.
And this all comes back to Maureen’s request for a pink pig potholder. Obviously more intrigued by the idea than I admitted to myself, I agreed to it. And this is how it goes. Since I don’t have a pig in front of me, I went to Jon’s blog and pulled up the photo’s of your neighbors pigs. Then I did a few sketches to get the basic pig characteristics down. The slope of the nose, mouth and chin. The pudgy legs, (even though the real pigs have very muscular legs, they just didn’t look right on my pig) and high heeled hoofs. Once I’m pretty comfortable with that, I take it to the sewing machine.
And when I get bored I try out the real thing. And as you may have seen with my other work, the drawings evolve. As I get more comfortable and relaxed doing them they too have an ease to them. Hopefully they get better and better, so the first one I make will never look like the latest one.