Back in high school, my art teacher tried to cure me of a very choppy, tentative drawing style that she derisively referred to as “chicken-scratching.” Most chickens would insist this was a compliment.
I did eventually learn to commit a more sinuous, confident line, but I’m still a sketcher at heart.
A good friend, Liliane, invited me to sketch her feathered tenants in the backyard coop. It was delightful summer day and here are the results:
This watercolor came last. The top portion is the coop itself, with a partly cropped chicken on the left. You can also see the outline ‘ghost-image’ of a bird at the bottom center, but it moved before its portrait could be completed.
Here are a few individual sketches superimposed on one another.
One bird, first pecking, then peeking.
A full-figured, feathered friend.
A svelte chickie; eating. Apparently, chickens really enjoy frozen raspberries on a hot day. Liliane is just too good to her birds!