Ladybird

Ladybird

  8 x 10 oil on cradled wood panel. See this and other paintings at DailyPaintworks. Ladybird is a Buff Orpington with a sweet disposition and an amazing capacity for egg-laying. She’s also very eager to sit for...

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Hendrick’s Gin and Weird Chicken Art

As long as we're talking about booze today, here's a strange and marvelous thing:  the people at Hendrick's Gin are injecting their usual madcap absurdity into London Cocktail Week, an event it pains me greatly to miss.  Anyway, they've created an Umbrella Emporium to pay tribute to the cocktail umbrella.  Check this one out–the Mumbrella:  ‘A miniature umbrella made out of iridescent feathers is...

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The Chicken Challenge

I painted this lovely white hen as part of a Daily PaintWorks challenge a while back and just realized I never actually submitted it!  Well, here it is.  I wish I could tell you something about this chicken, but I've never met her–just grabbed the photo and started painting.  I do love painting chickens, particularly their faces–people will say that chickens don't actually have expressions, but I think you...

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Dolley and Bess

Here's another painting of my hens, Dolley and Bess. I don't know if you've ever tried to get a chicken to post for a picture, but it's very hard to do. I can get them to sit still by putting out some chicken scratch for them to eat, but then the question is how to make an interesting image out of that. I thought they were very sweet with their heads together like this. This is 6 x 6 inch oil on board. Click here to bid. You...

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Dolley is really my favorite chicken, although I've said that about all of them at one time or another. She's an Americauna and she lays light blue eggs–when she feels like it. As you can probably tell from this portrait, she is the sort of hen who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to tell you what she thinks. She's actually very bossy and makes a point of staying at the top of the pecking order. But she's also quite...

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