Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Don't Call Me Chicken!

"Don't Call Me Chicken!"  (pastel, 7x5 inches)  click here to bid

The mood and attitude of this tough chicken developed as the painting progressed. The photo was simply a front-on shot of a colorful chicken in the sunlight. To aid the composition, I off-set the face a bit in order not to bee too symmetrical. The background needed to be dark, I decided, to set off the golden feathers.
...Then the eye took on a piercing glare as the dark behind started to suggest a brick wall...  and the oxymoron of the brave chicken was born!

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