8x10 original oil on hardboard
Painting chickens is very enjoyable for several reasons. Their feathers are colorful, iridescent, loose, flexible, and variable, which frees me to push color and push lots of paint around. Also, they are large and always in motion; that helps lessen my tendency to make stiff, statuary-like bird paintings. But fun they are, stiff-looking or not.
Who knew buying eggs could be fun? Several months ago I started getting my eggs from a local lady who has Cuckoo Marans (terra cotta eggs), Araucanas (blue/green eggs), and New Hampshire Reds (cream eggs). Opening the carton is always a pleasure. I especially love the variable shades of the blue/green eggs.
Some day I'll have my own chickens, and certainly Araucanas, but until then I enjoy several farm blogs and visit the HenCam by Terry Golson.