Hi there, how are you?
Last week we visited the local botanical gardens. They have so many lovely walks there and even in the middle of winter we find things to look at.
This time we walked past the chicken run, its part of the gardens called a pottager garden (French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden.)
There are about a dozen chickens scratching around, we decided to sit and draw them (insert scrappy sketches).
I have several pages just like this one; I think you get the general idea though. Not amazing art work I admit, it just gives me an idea of the shapes and poses.
I really wanted some photo’s but I only had my ipod with me so we waited till they came close to the edge of the enclosure and snapped a few photos. One of the chickens Henrietta (not her real name) came right up to us (she was ready for her close up). The pictures came out surprisingly well.
Later at home I drew some sketches of Henrietta in my sketchbook. I used Payne’s Grey for the feathers but thought they were a little too blue, so I painted another layer mixing a little black into the Payne’s Grey. I didn’t want to dull the colour, just darken it a bit.
I’m not sure what it is about chickens, I love watching the scratch around and bustle about.
Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x