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## Painting Giveaway #9: How Many Sheep & Birds

There’s an exhibition of my paintings in Galway this weekend at the 2010 Irish Blog Awards. You can have a free original painting of your choice from the prizepool if you tell me what number you get if you add the number of sheep and the number of birds that will feature in paintings exhibited.

It’s not a trick question. As a fan of mathematics I know you can’t add sheep and birds, but you can add numbers so if I exhibit 2 birds and 1 sheep the answer is 3.

And I’ll give you a clue - I don’t even know at this stage.

We won’t know the answer until Saturday (though I’ll probably know on Friday!) so I’ll keep the competition open until I hang the paintings.

The 1st person to leave a comment telling me the correct number, or the person closest if nobody gets it, wins. (**NOTE:** If you’re reading this post on FaceBook you need to go HERE to leave your answer)

Just one guess each please. In the event of a tie the earliest submitted answer wins.

The the prizepool was extended up to 21 paintings today. They’re also for sale so it’s possible you could have a choice of less than 21 when the competition closes. (I’ve kept today’s 5 new additions at half-price until the competition ends).

Usually I leave the guesses in moderation to add to the suspense, but for this competition I’ll approve them as they come in so you can choose a number nobody else has.

I’d appreciate it if you spread the competition by blog post, tweet, facebook etc. Good Luck!

**UPDATE - Numbers taken so far:**

3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 43, 47, 49, 54, 56, 60, 63, 68, 77, 112, 121, 198

17 in total. Good luck with the IBA10

Hmmm…

I shall be using the force for this one…

8.

Well, this is Galway, besides the many many sheep you will dodge getting to the show, I’ll say 112.

Love up dog dog for me please.

Xtracycletony

23.

Hope you sell a load at IBA10. I’m disappointed I won’t be there to have a pint with you. Enjoy.

17

And if I win, I want those birds!

All the best in Galway!

Oh, wait! In ALL the paintings? Change my mind.

77.

39. No doubt about it.

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20. And if i see you in Galway I’ll buy you a pint !

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Let’s give 68 a whirl!

Well, seeing as I turn into an old fart on 26th March, I shall guess 26. Good luck! xx

My Magic 8 Ball told me 21.

Lucky 49! ( I won’t be 50 ’til July

27 Definitely.

I’ll take a guess at…..25?

Some lovely paintings there! Good luck with the exhibition!

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Like my age… I’ll go with 63!

I’ll go for 11.

(I think you’re Great… so bear that in mind)

29 fo sho.

I’ll go for 43 please.

Its my 48th birthday this year so I’m going for 33…

3 please.. have fun at the awards.

Sorry I’m so late to the party, but I’ve been in various doctor’s offices for the past two days. My mom is doing much better, and it turns out my leg is NOT broken, thanks!

54, I’d say.

Well, the first number that came to mind was 33. Considering there are probably some birds and sheep not yet painted, it is as good a guess as any other I could come up with.

Good Luck with the show and all.

Say “Hello” to American DogDog for me. Every artist needs a good support staff. He seems to have found his.

The number of birds and sheep will be 7.

198 - enjoy the exhibition and craic in Galway!

I’m gonna shoot for 19!

using my extensive clairvoyant abilities…..15. All the very best for IBA10 in Galway

42

60

Oh, darn. Someone got my number.

SO, I shall dip into my well of precognition and say 47.

I’m counting on the fact that you bought more white paint to finish more sheep and that you posted a wonderful picture of wires and rooftops that would inspire you to paint more birds on wires.

I’ll go for 36.

12 The combined age of my two sons.

I was born on the 7th of the 7th, so I’m going to go with, er, 56.. Good luck with the exhibition and have a great weekend.

30

I counted the legs an divided by 4.I then realsied that not all birds have 4 legs so I divided by 2. On copping on to my mathematical error I multiplied by 3.

My final answer is 121

25

Well done at the awards last night!

32 for me please, I wasn’t in Galway but I hope you had a ball!

52!

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And here, much later than planned, are the results of the sheep and birds.

“The Cottage” - 9 sheep

“Sheep, Stone Wall II” - 4 sheep (SOLD)

“Birds, Wires 8″ - 6 birds

“Birds, Wires 9″ - 9 birds (SOLD)

and somewhat controversially, but I spent 2 days agonising over it and consulted a whole bunch of people,

“Irish Blogs” - 8 birds

Failing to make it (unfinished & unexhibited) were:

“Blue Mountains, Green Grass II” - 10 sheep

“Sheep” - 4 sheep

“Sheep, Derryreel Cottage” - 14 sheep

So instead of being the 64 I was hoping to exhibit, the winning total is 36

Therefore the winner is Brendano74 of Quarehawk

Brendano74, let me know what painting you’d like from the prizepool

I’ll post the paintings soon - maybe today even - for a limited few days at the same prices they were at the Blog Awards. And hopefully all those unfinished ones I went on about so much will finally get finished and posted.

Thank you everyone for joining in. That was fun. For me. I’ll make sure to do another one soon rather than leave it so long.

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