Posts Tagged ‘Chicken Art’


Big Red is not done … despite the fact that I signed it. I need to tweak the background and some of the feathers only have the base wash done. But I’m gonna set him aside for a bit and move on. The gallery work has been streaming in so time to shift focus for a bit. The colors are a bit blown out, particularly in his comb. I think I should have tried taking the photo in a shadier spot but you get the idea. It’s about a 13 1/2 x 18 piece but I am seriously considering cropping it some. See cropped version below. What do ya’ll think?


Funny How The Universe Works Some times

A few days after making the decision to do this little scheme of mine I was contacted by someone looking to license my work …

specifically farms animals …

specifically several of the animals on my short list including a rooster and pig (which I have drawn out) and an alpaca which just that day I’d selected a photo of an alpaca to do.

I find the timing fascinating.

95% Never Manifest

Now I’m certainly not counting my chickens before they hatch as it were (Geez … how many bad chicken puns do you think I can some up with) but the timing suggests I may be on to a good idea. Sort of the Universe’s way of saying “Yes, follow this idea.”

I am contacted weekly by people who look like they could be a potential money maker. We may exchange multiple emails, talk for weeks hashing out details, they are all excited and say they’re ready to progress and then … never hear from them again.

After an appropriate amount of time I may contact them asking if they plan to mover forward or if they no longer want to, well that’s okay, just let me know.

… (crickets) …

So if this licensing deal comes to fruition I will certainly let ya’ll know.

The Art Of Licensing

I have been asked many time to talk about licensing but never have. Partly because I don’t consider myself all that knowledgeable and partly because I have yet to find it hugely financially rewarding. But I’m going to make at least one blog post on the subject. It’s high time I get back to sharing real information on what it’s like being an artist.

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Rooster Painting From Start To Finish

A Fowl Look
Oil Pastel on Handmade Paper
10 1/2 x 13

Just so you know the painting isn’t actually mounted in the frame. I just sorta laid it in there for the photo op, and apparently I did it poorly.

Started here pretty much as I always do. (You know, like twice before.)

I decided it would be easier to get my whites highlighted and shadowed if I had my background in. (base color in)

More background work.

Very close to finished. I just need to do some tweaking when it comes time to put it into the frame.

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A Fowl Look White Rooster
10 1/2 x 13
Oil Pastel on Handmade Paper

Just a little more tweaking.

So here he is, finally. This is not at all what I envisioned when I started but all in all I like him.

I may still tweak the background a bit. Lighten it just a titch at the top. I have been vacillating between dark and light (you know, putting it in and then taking it back out.) at the top ever since I put in the background. Still . . . I think just a hint lighter.

He has a seriously fierce look to him here but then he did in real life too.

I’ll be posting the start to finish with this painting in the very near future.

Inspirational words for when you want to trash the painting your working on.
(of which this rooster has been twice)

“Never give up, never surrender.” Tim Allen – Galaxy Quest

Never, ever, ever give up.” Charles Schultz

“Make it work people.” Tim Gunn

I looovee Tim Gunn. I could just squeeze him til he giggled. Oh yeah, Project Runway is back for a new season. But it’s moved from Bravo to Lifetime. Which is probably for the best. Other than Top Chef, Bravo’s programming has really been going downhill. (Okay way off topic here.)

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