Chicken University

It is true what they say about never truly see something until you draw it. Who knew chickens looked so fierce?! And who knew there were so many sizes and colors of eggs?

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A while back I took pictures of some chickens that belong to a friend of mine. I thought they might make good sketching material and I found their colors intreguing. Yesterday I pulled up the photos I had taken and started drawing.  As I worked, I began to have questions about the behavior and characteristics of the the chickens and about the different breeds. I called my friend and she was very generous in sharing some knowledge and anticdotes about her chickens. Some of the information she shared I wrote in the spaces between the sketches. I think the handwriting adds some nice texture to the sketch, and a feeling similar to chicken scratching. By the time I had finished drawing and painting, I had discovered quite a bit more than I knew previously about chickens – a sort of Chicken University quick course. It was quite interesting and enjoyable.

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115 thoughts on “Chicken University

  1. As someone who knows a thing or two about chickens, I commend you on how well you artistically brought them to life. My wife, Donna, and I are very proud that Matilda, our little bantam hen, was the first chicken to be recognized, by Guinness World Records, as the World’s Oldest Living Chicken. Matilda was fourteen at the time she received the title and lived to be sixteen.

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  2. Ohhh! Thank you for sharing that story with me Pastor Keith. Matilda sounds like a very special chicken, indeed! You must have taken good care of her. And thank you for visiting and for our kind words. Blessings!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I love your chickens!!! My BFF is a chicken person and she would flip for this. Are you ever going to turn it into a card or something that can be purchased? So life like!! You do beautiful work.

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  4. Thank you Sharon. Ah, it looks like you found my blog. The plan is to eventually get the chickens made into something. 🙂 I will have to put that on a priority list. Thank you for coming by to visit!

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