Holy Crap — There’s a Pig Called “Pigasso” Who Paints With His Mouth

There’s a new painter making waves in the art community, and she most certainly did not go to art school. “Pigcasso,” a 3-year-old pig rescued a few years ago from an industrialized hog farming facility, has not only survived, she has thrived, painting gorgeous works of abstract art that have garnered a global following. The 1,000-pound pig is a master of the paintbrush, and, according to CBS, has sold paintings for thousands of dollars.

Residing at Farm Sanctuary SA near Cape Town, South Africa, the pig was drawn to brushes and paint, and clearly has a talent for it. “For some reason, she took a knack to the paintbrushes and it wasn’t long before she was dancing the brush across the canvas and selling artworks all over the world,” Joanne Lefson, the sanctuary’s founder, told CBS News.

This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy went to the store, and this little piggy clearly went to BLICK Art Materials.

9 Best Hands on Art Works

Since I have so many different styles of art, I thought I would show case some of my best hands on deck artworks. What I mean is these are works that might start out as a digital print but the majority of the work is done with acrylic paint, monotype ink or some other real art application. Let me know whick artworks are your favorite.




Check out some of my other artworks on my website at marcgarrisonartist.com

A Quick Guide On How I begin A Work Of Art



My latest work process involves many steps. Since I don’t want to take too much of your valuable time, I will only discuss my jumping off point on creating a new image.

I believe one of the hardest things for an artist is to stare at blank paper or canvas and try to create some content. I learned in art school, it is important to have a lot of source materials. Things from your past that you have a connection to. My background as a photographer and printmaker has allowed me to have a vast collection of digital images.

I like to begin in black and white so I reduce the image down on the computer in Photoshop so it remains like an underpainting or small part of the finished product. Then I mount the paper image onto a wood support and complete the rest of the painting. Below I have four different examples depending on whick type of linework I would like to provide as my jumping off point.


linear lr
Linear faint
Linear lite copy
Expressive Drawing
line work lr
Bold Lines
Perspective Line Drawing

My Favorite Artist Joan Miro


What he says may inspire you to pick up a paintbrush.
Joan Miró at Work in His Studio, 1955, by Mark Shaw

“By nature, I am tragic and taciturn,” says Joan Miró in the opening line of Joan Miró: I Work Like a Gardener. The pocket-size hardcover, recently republished by Princeton Architectural Press in a new English translation, consists almost entirely of the Spanish Surrealist’s words, culled from a 1958 interview between Miró and French critic Yvon Taillandier.

It is full of insights into the mind of Miró (1893–1983), who was famous for creating decidedly un-taciturn works that vibrate with electrifying colors and primitively rendered shapes resembling eyeballs, microorganisms, birds, rocks, arrows, crescent moons and stars that seem to drift in an alternate universe. “My painting may be considered as humorous and gay, in spite of my tragic disposition,” the artist concedes.

Below are 10 illuminating tidbits from the book, alongside artworks from 1stdibs.

L'Inhibe, 1969, by Joan Miró

“I begin my pictures under the effect of a shock that makes me escape from reality.”

L'Exile Noir, 1969, by Joan Miró

“When a painting doesn’t satisfy me, I feel physical distress, as if ill. . . . I work until the distress leaves me.”

L'Antitete: Le Désespéranto, 1949, by Joan Miró

“My figures have been subjected to the same simplification as colors.”

Fotoscop, 1975, by Joan Miró

“I find my titles gradually as I work, as I link one thing to another on my canvas.”

Escalade, 1969, by Joan Miró

“The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me.”

Joan Miró ceramic cup, 1940

“Folk art always moves me. In this art, there is neither cheating nor faking. It goes straight to the point.”

La jalouse, 1981, by Joan Miró

“A picture should be like sparks.”

Le Hibou blasphémateur, 1975, by Joan Miró

“In an artwork, you should be able to discover new things every time you see it.”

Joan Miró with Model Margaret Philipps in His Studio, 1955, by Mark Shaw

“A modeled form is less striking than one that is not.”

Woman in Front of a Mirror, 1956, by Joan Miró

“Everyone should do what they want, as naturally as breathing.”



Art Show Very Well Attended

The Art Show at the Art of Custom Framing in Troy, Mi was very well attended. Here are some images of the event. The show runs through March 15th if you want to stop by. Thank you very much to all who attended the event and the fortunate ones who bought some wonderful artwork.



Black And White Collage



One certainty that emerges in my work is that I keep switching the tools, surfaces and media. This can be confusing to people who follow my work as it transcends between photography, printmaking, abstract acrylic painting and finally mixed media and collage. Maybe it is that my attention span is short and I switch to keep the art making process fresh.

Collage allows me to incorporate all of the above media together as I see fit on a wooden panel. My love of paper is the central theme of all my art making. So I can use my photo’s old monotypes and rip up images as I see fit to put on the support. I also paint and draw into the image. The hardest part is figuring out where to place the collaged elements using proper design principles.

How to Buy an Ellsworth Kelly Image for .55 Cents

We’ll take all of the new USPS Ellsworth Kelly stamps

This year, USPS is releasing a series of ten stamps dedicated to Kelly’s work


Ellsworth Kelly, the famed hard-edge painter, is known for creating works with bright colors, geometric shapes, and simple lines and forms. His art cuts across painting, print-making, sculpture, even architecture—and now stamps.

The USPS recently announced a handful of new stamp designs for 2019, and among them is a series dedicated to Kelly’s wonderfully graphical paintings. USPS art director Derry Noyes designed a set of ten stamps that show off Kelly works including “Yellow White” (1961), “Colors for a Large Wall” (1951), “Blue Red Rocker” (1963), and “Spectrum I” (1953), among others.

All of the works are framed inside the stamp’s ribbed white border, making them feel like tiny, perfect paintings that you can stick on letters to your loved ones or on a check to your landlord. Whoever deserves them most.

You can purchase the stamps later this year, and at 55 cents a piece, they’re certainly the cheapest Kelly work you can get your hands on.


Black Bottom Street View

New Exhibit currently on display at Detroit Public Library

Black Bottom was the name of the nieghborhood that was the center of African American Life in Detroit in the 1950’s. Black Bottom was completely demolished by the City of Detroit in the name of urban renewal.

Hastings Street which once held the largest number of African American institutions in the city as well as a vibrant music culture was bulldozed to make room for the Chrysler Freeway.

There was little effort to provide housing for the residence that were displaced. This moment also marked the beginning of white flight to the suburbs.


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