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Project Friday: An Afternoon with Chickens (You Pick Your Own Subject Matter)

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Warm Ups: Gesture Sketches of Chickens

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Profile: Allison Reed

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Appreciation (If Not Love) of Chickens Runs in the Family

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Road Trips: The Rooster Who Won’t Cross the Road

Part of a short road trip that involved CHICKENS! Check it out.

Fair Sounds: The Poultry Barn at the Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota State Fair Round Up

Above: a sketch from my 2004 Minnesota State Fair Journal: two cows sketched with a black Pentel Color Brush (the ink of which is watersoluble and so blends with the paint) and gouache, on Fabriano Artistico cold press 140 lb watercolor paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Follow the link to see […]


It’s Official—Chickens Are Popular!


Above: Guinea Hen study in Holbein Gouache in my current journal which has Gutenberg pages, page spread is 13 x 8 inches. This study was painted over a prepainted background. Read more about this painting in the post below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

This study of a white guinea fowl is based on sketches I made at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. (You thought you weren't going to hear any more about the Fair didn't you—Ha, I live the whole year off my Fair visits!) I painted it on a prepainted background that I wrote about earlier. The morning after I painted this study I opened my New Yorker Magazine (Sept. 28, 2009 issue). I found a delightful article by one of my favorite writers, Susan Orlean, about the rise in the popularity of raising chickens. I love it when serendipity slaps you in the face!

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