Guinea Pig Day
"Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they're so furry." ~ Quentin Blake
If there's any of the order Rodentia that deserves its own tartan, it's the humble guinea pig (cavia porcellus)! A special thank you to Carol A.L. Martin for creating a tartan for this most beloved of small pets, and more particularly, with mine in mind! Guinea pigs were imported from South American to Europe in the 1500s and quickly became a popular exotic pocket pet. They so fascinated the populace that they were even included in paintings by many the Old Masters! If you are so inclined, please visit my other page, Guinea Pigs in Art - A Pictorial Gallery to see the (often unexpected) inclusion of guinea pigs in allegorical, religious, portraiture, and other still life genres, from the 1500s through mid-century modern art. #wheekwheek 🐹🖌️🎨
For Guinea Pig Appreciation Day, we have "Guinea Pigs for Deborah" tartan, the first ever tartan designed for cavia porcellus.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan reflects the varied colors of the domestic guinea pig.
"An asymmetrical design inspired by the beautiful fur coat of the humble Guinea Pig. For Deborah of The Red Thistle Dancers and Guinea Pig lovers everywhere."
Although not recognized in tartan until now, guinea pigs have long been a legitimate art subject for the great masters since their introduction in Europe as exotic pets in the 1500s. Sometimes painted as primary subjects themselves, but often included as incidental curio figures in paintings with mythological or historical themes.
They are invariably eating.
To check your fine art and guinea pig spotting skills, click the baby guinea pigs to visit the Guinea Pigs in Art - A Pictorial Gallery facebook page.