Walking the Walk or, Why I need to get out of the studio from time to time

Last week, I showed you a new hummingbird painting that was at least, partly inspired by my sketch club visit to Edgegrove Farm. That was not the only image that came out of the visit. While there, I was obsessed with their free roaming chickens. Every time I sat down to sketch or photograph one of the marvelous views from this property, one of the chickens would walk by, and capture my attention.

I love watching chickens. I grew up in a big city, so hens and roosters walking around are a novelty for me. My Sister in law's family has a number of backyard chickens that roam freely in their yard during the day. The first time I saw them, I fell in love with their beautiful plumage and endearing personalities. I'm quite certain the hens were walking around the yard having a nice chat while looking for worms and other bugs to eat. 

This haughty young man was strutting his stuff around the yard at Edgegrove farm. I'm sure he was waiting for one of the hens to finally notice him. The hens, of course, were too busy gossiping and hunting for bugs to even give him a second glance. Luckily, I was there with my camera, and I like to think his self esteem was rescued by my following him around with my camera for a while.

I find that I need to get out of the studio from time to time in order to add some life and freshness to my work. For me, getting out of the studio brings fresh ideas, inspiration and new subjects. The sketches and photos I took during my few hours at the farm have fueled many drawings and two canvases. I have a feeling there might be more. One of these days, I will get around to painting the views from the farm, but for now, its all about the chickens. 

Happy painting!