Eleanor–by popular demand!

Posted by on June 13, 2007 in Chickens, Paintings | 3 comments

Eleanor_8_x_108 x 10, oil on gessoed board.  Click to bid.

The other day I was thinking about blogs, and how difficult it would have been to start a blog without digital photography.  In other words, what if all this internet stuff had happened, but somehow no one had thought to invent digital photography along the way and we were all still using film cameras, getting pictures developed, scanning them, etc?  It would be impossible for me to run outside and take a picture of the garden and post it online a few minutes later.

So here I am, illustrating my blog with oil paintings. Is that a step backward?  Of course, the oil paintings do have to be photographed… with a digital camera.

Anyway, this is Eleanor, our Rhode Island Red.  And this is the posture I most often find her in, with her head down, digging for worms.  She’s my favorite chicken to paint because I love those orange and red feathers.  Of our four chickens, she is really the quintessential barnyard hen.  She doesn’t go in for silly little tricks or the other kinds of antics that our other chickens get into.  What she wants to do is get up in the morning, scratch around for food, and lay an egg. She lays lovely, dark brown eggs, and she acts like she rules the roost, although Dolley, one of our Araucanas, is also under the impression that she’s in charge of the flock.

Thanks to whoever posted the suggestion about chicken paintings. I’ll do a few more.

3 Comments

  1. I LOVE ELEANOR! She is popular! Could you bring her to Descanso next time you visit?

  2. Yay! Absolutely beautiful picture of Eleanor! Of course, I thought the photograph you took of your chickens was beautiful as well–I suppose it helps to have beauty-queen chickens, though… I love the style of painting that you do. It attempts to capture motion through light and adds a vibrancy to your subject matter. Is there a name for the technique, and what is something you adopted or were taught specifically?

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