Roosters can be a tricky bunch. We have had many here on the farm most of them passive enough but occasionally you get a mean one. The most notorious rooster we had, use to attack my mother on sight. She would enter the barn and from the other end of the building he would catch sight of her and come running to fly up and try to peck and scratch her, yet he never bothered my dad. As fate would have it the rooster thought he would come at her one day while she was carring a bucket of very warm water......this confrontation ended very differently, mom unscathed, rooster soaked and humiliated. This was the last time he bothered my mom. So although chickens are not the brightest of creatures, they can learn from their experiences.
This is the fourth rooster I have painted this month....seems fitting since it is the year of the Rooster. Its the ony subject I'm in the mood to paint right now. His comb lookes like a crooked crown and made him look a bit princely so thats why the fitting name. It's been ages since I have painted a cow so I will be looking for just the right photo to try and get my creative juices going..........fingers crossed.
Based on a photo by:Lightspeed https://flic.kr/p/6CqfQY
I love the rather ticked off expression on this Rooster so I just had to paint him. Usually they have a fierce rather blank look but this guy let it be known that he was not in the best of moods and you best stay away......message recieved.
"Who You Lookin At?"
This is the second Rooster painting I have completed this year. The first one I can not seem to get a good photo of. So I am posting this fellow out of sequence until a better shot is possible.
I painted a small 4x4in version of this one last year at this time, I always thought it would be fun to paint a much bigger one and so I did. I love the whimsical nature of the pose. When a painting makes me smile its a winner. So here is my winner, acrylic on canvas 20x20in.
Based on a photo by: David de la Luz https://flic.kr/p/4q5Tmq
I must admit I do enjoy painting chickens. For that matter I enjoy watching,feeding and for the few that let me, picking them up for a cuddle. They are not so keen on being picked up but one or two of my sisters birds will let me.
This painting is based on a photo by: James Sheppard https://flic.kr/p/5koVJJ
Big Chicken 4ftx6ft
This big chicken was so fun to paint. A little tricky sometimes as my studio space is quite small. I can not stand back far enough to get a feeling of how things look when they are this big. A few times I went outside and looked in through the window....sounds crazy but it actually worked. This painting is on plywood and is painted in both exterior and artist acrylics that are rated for exterior use. My intention is to have the option to hang it outside.
The photo that this painting is based on is by: Artep https://flic.kr/p/6q93S
I have been working on this painting for a couple of weeks on and off. We just adopted a puppy and wow is he a hand full. I have always been a cat person but due to allergies I decided on a puppy instead so that I might still be able to breath.
Our boy, Teddy, is starting to learn to relax under the easel while I paint, at least for a couple of hours a day....thank heavens.
It is getting quite chilly outside and our poor chickens are still molting, they are looking a little rough. Some of them must be feeling the chill since their feathers are growing in a little patchy. I must admit to having the occasional laugh at their expense, they look like they have run through a fan.
I have seen a photo of a rooster on Flickr and loved it, so paint it I must.
The photo was taken by: Mark Peters Photography (https:flic.fr/p/oYeUfM).
He takes beautiful pictures.
I was in the mood to paint something in a warm tone. We had such an incredible summer and fall has started off so beautiful. I wanted to reflect the glow of the fall colours that are just beginning to appear. The colours are stunning but short lived, so any extension of them is a good thing.
The title of this painting says alot about the crowing habits of our roosters. They crow all day long, not just morning. That means if you leave your windows open you risk being awakened at 4am, thats how our boys operate, always on the job. We have two roosters. The boys will crow back and forth to each other, trying to show the other guy who's boss and to impress their group of lovely ladies.