“I love having too many eggs and so you have to give them to friends,” she said. “I love the feathers they drop as gifts. I love the compost they make. I love the way they will step so gently on your lap for a bit of loving. I love their eyes and soft combs and very pointy beaks. I love how warm their feet are and how their toes curl around your fingers when you are holding them. I love their pointy bird butts when they are pecking and scratching.”
I heard an interview on the radio a while back with Sy Montgomery, the author of a book called Birdology. He said that the average chicken can recognize about 100 other chicken faces. Each chicken has a couple of friends that they like. I think 100 chicken faces would be another fun drawing to make.
While drawing my friend, above, I realized that she is like a Mary Cassatt aquatint come to life. Her hair, plus the patterns in her clothing. And maybe the meditative mood. This was my first try at drawing chickens. They have kind of a wonderful shape. You almost can’t get it wrong.
I took the liberty of making it spring in my drawing, even though it’s not, not at all.
The next day: I want to add a complementary thought about chickens, from our friend John:
Pablo Neruda writes:
I am weary of chickens:
no one knows what they are thinking,
and they look at us with dry eyes
and consider us unimportant…
[The musician] Greg Brown responds:
It’s true. They do, and we are…
but it’s hard to take that from
a damn chicken.
Tagged: chickens, Mary Cassatt, spring
You sure can draw the gentleness of a friend and the way she moves and thinks, even while sitting! The chickens are so lovely. I really like this one very much.
thanks, Cec. ❤
Ah, Lynne..I love this painting…the subject matter and your depiction…there is a gentleness to it..a delicacy of brush and economy of paint. I can feel the soul of this piece,
This is the perfect post for today …. the warmth and glimmer of light that Spring will soon arrive. Your work is so beautiful, really reaches out to touch the soul. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are keeping warm.
thanks, Michele! yes, you too, on the “warm.”
Wonderful painting of Christ with Chickens.
She means “Chris,” for those who may read this and be confused. 🙂
They do have some traits in common.
tina — who?
You captured her perfectly….
thanks. fun to capture her.
Wow as usual. I’m going to share this with my pals who keep chickens (and humanize them). Lovely, really.
Thanks, Leigh! xo
The chickens must be a nice diversion from the squirrels. I particularly love the yellow chicks on her lovely blue pants. My eyes went right to it!
yes, it was nice to switch gears. Though I don’t want to get TOO far out of my squirrel groove.
I love this too. A meditation on a beautiful moment with a wonderful woman.
it was really nice to spend a day doing that.
very lovely painting. I love how you painted Chris’s hair — the color variation and how some is gently falling in her face — and I love the chicken who’s looking at you. Very sweet description as well.
thank you. I hope everyone gets that the sweet words at the beginning are hers, not mine.
Thank you, thank you for the chickens!!!
happy to present you with some chickens.
This is so Chris.
You and Lucky did cheer me up that day. So glad you are my friend. Finally on the other side of that season. Now life is very beautiful, again. Happy 57th Birthday! Looking forward to celebrating with you tonight. Got a gift that will keep you in your squirrel groove. xo