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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


  1. @carolinesweetie says:

    17 in total. Good luck with the IBA10

  2. Rick says:


    I shall be using the force for this one…


  3. 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.


  4. @jkeyes says:


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

  5. Ana Rakovac says:


    And if I win, I want those birds! :)

    All the best in Galway!

  6. Ana Rakovac says:

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


  7. Stan says:

    39. No doubt about it.

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  9. Joe Silke says:

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

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  11. TheChrisD says:

    Let’s give 68 a whirl!

  12. English Mum says:

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

  13. Gill says:

    My Magic 8 Ball told me 21.

  14. kelly d says:

    Lucky 49! ( I won’t be 50 ’til July :)

  15. Patricia says:

    27 Definitely.

  16. I’ll take a guess at…..25?

    Some lovely paintings there! Good luck with the exhibition!

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  18. Grannymar says:

    Like my age… I’ll go with 63!

  19. I’ll go for 11.

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

  20. Eddie says:

    29 fo sho.

  21. Bngr says:

    I’ll go for 43 please.

  22. Sean says:

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

  23. 3 please.. have fun at the awards. :)

  24. martha says:

    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.

  25. CapallGlas says:

    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.

  26. Roxanne says:

    The number of birds and sheep will be 7.

  27. Keith says:

    198 - enjoy the exhibition and craic in Galway!

  28. Eoin Purcell says:

    I’m gonna shoot for 19!

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

  30. Eoghan says:


  31. CapallGlas says:

    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.

  32. Brendano74 says:

    I’ll go for 36.

  33. jonathonk says:

    12 The combined age of my two sons.

  34. 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.

  35. Moloch50 says:

    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

  36. 25

    Well done at the awards last night!

  37. 32 for me please, I wasn’t in Galway but I hope you had a ball!

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  39. E gan F says:

    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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