Unfinished Paintings – The Three Alpacas


As promised here comes another one of my unfinished paintings!


This time I was inspired by a photo of three alpacas taken by my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch. The photo in question was made a couple of years ago and she also edited it with Snapseed and Photolab apps to turn it into a painting-like photo.

I was completely smitten by that and thought I would give it a try to copy her photo (only after I asked for her permission to do so of course).

As it sometimes goes I ended up with a very different colour scheme!!


Me and my Three Alpacas (2020)




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The Three Alpacas (sometime 2017)



Detail from The Three Alpacas


Detail from the Three Alpacas


Detail from the Three Alpacas


Su Leslies Alpacas
Su’s edited photo of the tree alpacas (2017)




And you? Do you sometimes start something and in the end it’s completely different from what you had in mind?

Let me know all about it in your comments!

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

60 thoughts on “Unfinished Paintings – The Three Alpacas

  1. I like the alpacas very much. I’m new to your website, so I don’t understand. Does unfinished really mean unfinished? It looks complete to me.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! πŸ˜€
      Yes, to me it’s indeed unfinished because I intended to continue working on the right hand alpaca but never got around to do it, and somehow I doubt I ever will. πŸ˜‚ But it makes me happy to know that you like the painting as it is. πŸ˜„

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      1. Funny how our views can change!
        And I was just thinking about you this morning – for some
        Reason’ maybe because I connected with Chris this month (you know we have seasons of active connecting and then sometimes log seasons of not connecting) well
        We touched base a few times and when on his site I see that wonderful image you made him!
        Wishing you a wonderful end to the month – sure went fast !

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      2. I remember you telling me about your waterhole theory – meaning that blogging is like people gathering around a waterhole for a little chat. I always liked that image a lot. 😊 Wishing you a lovely week!

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  2. Love the alpacas. It’s wonderful to see you getting creative again. Getting things finished always leaves you with a good feeling. I’m getting next to nothing done right now. There is a definite lack of oxygen in our air and dizziness is pervasive. Even sent an email to my pulmonologist. πŸ˜‰ The only thing I did in the last week is read a complete little book and write one lonely post. Next week may be much better. Covid doesn’t hold a candle to this smoke. Never, ever seen anything like it. Keep staying away from people for a while longer.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marlene!
      I hope the email to the pulmonologist helped? πŸ˜‚ But jokes aside – I really hope that your air quality will improve soon and that you’ll be able to take a deep breath again and walk outside. I’ve seen pictures on the news and it does look apocalyptic. Sending you a big hug!

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  3. You know how much I love your painting; and I’m flattered you chose that image to reinterpret.
    I’m not sure I ever make anything that matches my original vision. I think I measure success in terms of whether the actual outcome is a pleasant or unpleasant surprise 😬

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    1. I still have another photo of yours in my must-paint folder, one showing a gull in flight with a blurry background. Hope I’ll get to it one day! πŸ˜‰
      And I think that’s a good way to measure success because sometimes a different outcome can actually be so much better than what we had in mind at first! πŸ˜€

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  4. You did a great job, Sarah! And yes, I’m not an artist, but I still often end up with results that were completely different from what I set out to do. It has happened often with my writing, when I think I’m going to write about one thing and end up writing about another, or in fiction where a character turns out a different way from what I had imagined. And, if I’m being completely honest, I have to say it happens a lot when I cook too…..but that’s another story!

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    1. Thanks very much, Ann! Haha! Yes, it happens to me too sometimes with cooking, and also with baking! 😁
      I imagine that sometimes your subconsciousness takes over when you set out to write one thing and end up somewhere completely different. That’s what I suspect with me anyway. 😁

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  5. Sarah, what a wonderfully creative interpretation of Su’s photo – I love both of them, especially as each of you presented a personal vision of the Three Alpacas. Alpacas are so appealing – those giant dark eyes, the thatch of unruly fur atop their heads, the ears that stick out, and the neck that goes on forever – how can you not be in love with such silliness? Can’t wait to see the next collaborative project between you and Su.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shari! And I totally agree – how can one not be in love with such silliness? πŸ˜„
      Su’s a fabulous photographer and I’m sure sooner or later I’ll feel inspired again by her work. πŸ˜€

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  6. Su’s edited photo is amazing. Your artistic creation differs in its more somber tone and background. The dark reddish-brown alpaca in the background appears to view the world with suspicion. Love it. It’s perfect for our uncertain times. Trust your vision.

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  7. I actually love it when an artist takes an image or other piece of artwork and reinterprets it. My grandmother was a painter and she did that frequently, experimenting and then ending up with something totally unique. Thanks for sharing your unfinished painting, Sarah. A wonderful and fascinating process. Well done!

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    1. Hehe! Thank you, Ashley. πŸ˜€ No, I haven’t but it’s a fascinating art form, sadly one that’s about to get extinct I fear, one watched a documentary about stained glass windows in French cathedrals and how difficult it is to replace them.

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      1. I’ve not done it but my wife loved the course she went on but then we moved house and…….well, there’s another way of not finishing a project. Proper stained glass is a very special skill, I wish she had continued. A few years ago we watched a documentary about restoring the windows in York Minster. It was amazing.

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  8. I love different interpretations of something–and seeing the original, too. This must have been a fun project to do. I didn’t realize we have an alpaca farm not too far from me. I am hoping to visit as soon as things calm down.

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    1. Ooh! You definitely have to visit the alpaca farm, Lois! We have some llamas near by, and even though they’re much bigger they are still so cute to watch. Though in summer they mostly lay around in the shade – very like me! LOL! πŸ˜€


    1. Aww – thank you, Tracy! Ha! Hot pink outfits – love it!! πŸ˜€ From now on will always think of you when I look at them. πŸ˜‰
      And what a relief to know you also never stick to the plan! πŸ˜€

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  9. Aw, this is great, Sarah. Nice work and so wonderul to see you again. Many photos turn out differently than I plan or think of them. Sometimes what I think will be a great shot is decidedly not but the shot I think is a throw away ends up in my calendar.

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