Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring Chicks


Spring Chicks| 5"x7" | oil on hardboard

I started this painting prior to our vacation, with the intent of posting it for Easter. I ran out of time so I finished it this weekend.

I have childhood memories of going to Jim's Feed Store here in Maurice to see the chicks when the shipment arrived in the spring. Fast forward 40 years and I find myself driving my son and his friends down to the local farm supply store to buy chicks.

JBC (Joe, Branson & Caleb) Poultry Farm is what they've dubbed themselves and they certainly have an entrepreneurial spirit. They started off their poultry hobby with 9 full-grown chickens that didn't lay too many eggs, and now they own 100+ chicks that are growing rapidly and no longer look anything like these cute chicks in the painting.

I think we'll still be waiting a while to see the farm fresh eggs from these beauties.

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6 comments:

  1. A great painting, John. The chicks fill the area so nicely and make for a very pleasing almost monochromatic scene. And they look so fluffy, as they are at that age. Nice!!

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  2. Beautiful piece, John. Wonderful job with the texture of the fine feathers.

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  3. Love the composition here! lots of motion to the piece. Great work.

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  4. Very nice painting, John. You are doing some really fine art work.
    God bless and keep it up

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  5. Wonderful flow, love the path my eye travels on this one, John! Gotta love the little orange beaks, nice job.

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