Chickens Are Birds Too
I’ve been working on this chicken for awhile now. The collage above was my third version.
First and fourth I drew, first in oil pastels and then in colored pencil. I think the end result is pretty similar.
My second attempt was a watercolor; the legs were placed wrong, so I painted over them in black and put in new legs, still not entirely correct, but better. But I was not happy with it at all. So I decided to really give it a makeover.
I ran the whole thing under water in the bathroom sink. I was hoping to paint on a wet surface, but because the bathroom is so far from my work room, and I had to run back and wipe up the drips on the floor and clean out the paint from the sink first, it was partially dried by the time I sat down with my brushes. In the end I watered down the paint colors considerably to get a the effect I was looking for.
I wouldn’t want to make a bird identification based on the painting, but I kind of like it.