Chicken – Daily Painting

Study of a chicken … 5″ x 6″ – gouache on recycled paper

I thought the recycled paper worked well for this. In fact, the little bits of fiber in the paper reminded me of the sort of straw and dust found in barnyard environments and gave me a nice midtone to work against.


  1. r.e.wolf
    November 21, 2006

    This is AWEsome!

  2. Tami
    November 21, 2006

    Looks very roosterly, Karen. I agree, the paper works smashingly well!

  3. Felicity
    November 22, 2006

    Wonderful! I agree, the paper really enhances the image.

  4. Jana Bouc
    November 22, 2006

    Perfect poultry portrait! Great paper for it too. You seem to be able to move from one medium to another so gracefully!

  5. Casey
    November 22, 2006

    Wow. So much personality, and the technique is perfect for the subject.

  6. Renate
    November 22, 2006

    Wow! That’s GORGEOUS! I’m very impressed!

  7. lindsay
    November 22, 2006

    Karen this is charming. He has a cocky personality 😉 WHat are you using for your white? Gousche? Wiite colored pencil? I ask
    because I’m always looking or a good white somethig to use over water color ect.

  8. lindsay
    November 22, 2006

    Sorry, I just saw you used gousche!!!Its early here! Where are my glasses?

  9. Gladys
    November 22, 2006

    I agree with the choice of paper. Looks great!

  10. Linda
    November 22, 2006

    Wow — I really thought it was pastel pencil until I read otherwise! Great personality on this guy. (Maybe he’s just self-confident because it’s Thanksgiving week, and somebody else’s turn!)

  11. Pamela
    November 22, 2006

    it is bwaaaaaakk.. just wonderful

  12. Katherine
    November 23, 2006

    This is sooooooooooooo good Karen – you make me want to break out my gouache paints!

  13. Wendy
    November 23, 2006

    Looks great on that paper. Some birds scare me – maybe goes back being chased by a whole flock of geese or turkeys or something. One of my best paints was of two very colourful roosters – I sold it to friends and their house burnt down – with the roosters picture – in the Ash Wednesday burshfire at Lorne.
    It was based on a beautiful rooster we had when living in Fiji and one day someone killed him and cooked him. I refused to partake. He had been so beautiful.

  14. alison
    November 28, 2006

    beautiful evidence of close observation, whether from a photo or not

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