This series of chickens is inspired by our small flock of hens who live in our garden.
Ethel in the Comfrey Patch
Ethel in the Comfrey Patch Acrylic on Wood Panel 30x40x2 inches
I’m going to say it (don’t tell the other chickens): Ethel is my favorite chicken. She is one of the few chickens that allows me to scoop her up and hold her. We keep chickens on our homestead as pets, and we eat their eggs. Most of our chickens therefore live a pampered existence. One of the favorite treats of our chickens is a plant called Comfrey. Comfrey is a hairy plant that can be used in salves and lotions to help heal little scrapes and cuts- which are frequent hazards of the job on our homestead. I’ve painted Ethel here surrounded by her beloved comfrey, with a golden halo there to hint at her inner light.
Original: The original acrylic painting on wood panel. It measures 30 x 40 x 2 inches. This painting comes with hardware, ready to hang.
Crested Pekin Ducks and Evening Primrose
Crested Pekin Ducks and Evening Primrose Acrylic on Wood Panel 30x40x2
A family of Crested Pekin Ducks stand in a patch of evening primrose, drawn in charcoal. One of my favorite things to paint are different types of poultry. I love ducks for their usefulness (they are better egg layers than chickens!) and of course, their humor. I’ve had the pleasure of owning crested ducks in the past, and apart from their fancy hairstyles, I enjoyed the way they all quietly quacked as they waddled in unison across the yard.
Walt the Farmer
Walt the Farmer Acrylic & collage on Wood Panel 30x40x2 inches
Walt picks holy basil here in his garden, while the chickens convene by the fence in the background. It’s early summer and the yellow irises are in bloom.
Longest Recorded Flight
Longest Recorded Flight Watercolor on Wood Panel 12x12x.75 inces
I recently read that the longest recorded flight made by a chicken was 13 seconds. I thought that seemed sad, so I devised a way for this little chicken to stay in the air longer. The system is simple, yet ingenious. In this sweet painting, the chicken glides across the morning sky amidst soft yellows, pinks and fluffy clouds.
Rainbow Chicken Acrylic on Wood Panel 11x14x.75 inches
This fluffy chicken presents it's lovely tail to you in a typical, but unusual chicken stance- on one foot. Chickens stand on one foot in order to keep warm, alternating feet as they go along.
The Expedition Acrylic on Canvas 16x20x.75 inches
When we let our chickens out to explore in the morning, we delight in watching them go on expeditions, either to find a tasty morsel, or simply for the joy of the adventure. This painting shows our two hens out on one just expedition.
Doris, the Explorer
Doris, the Explorer Acrylic on Canvas 18x24x1 inches
"Doris, the Explorer" is an Americana chicken surrounded by daffodils.
Moonlight RoosterAcrylic on Wood Panel
Moonlight Rooster Acrylic on Wood Panel 30x40x2 inches
This magnificent rooster is awake- like many roosters, even though it is night. Many nights I’ve been wakened by a rooster in the dead of night. This rooster’s fine feathers are vibrant shades of green and orange, and his comb is a deep and juicy red. He proudly keeps watch under a golden moon.