Surprise Chicken Portraits
Well, this surprise/blog post is either incredibly well timed, or incredibly poorly timed. I’m not sure which one… fingers crossed.
Let’s backup. As you all know, Bethany recently built a chicken coop and got her first four chickens. We’re all waiting with baited breath for the first eggs, are we not? I wanted to make her a little chicken coop warming gift, and I took my inspiration from a collage Bethany made and even had as her facebook header photo for a short time:
I thought it would be kinda fun and kinda hilarious to convert those photos to miniature portraits of the lovely lady chickens in oils. Michael’s sells 4″-square canvases for $3 each, and I had all the other stuff in my craft bin. I used basically the same process as the Homemade Paint By Number, except instead of a projector I just used tracing paper to transfer the photo outlines to the canvas. Here is the final product:
Hope you like them, B! (You should get them in the mail today.)
Now about that timing issue. Per social media updates, it seems that the chicken Gertrude actually passed on to chicken heaven just yesterday. The paintings were already in the mail though, so fingers crossed Bethany is happy to get them and doesn’t burst into tears on the spot. Ugh.
We’ll miss you Gertrude. I think her painting is on the far left, based on a different photo. Guess its appropriate that she’s sort of washed out and heavenly.
One final note: Sorry about Sylvia the black chicken. Ransom did that one. (kidding) I learned that its VERY hard to paint something that’s so black and not make it look like a kindergarten art project. Someday maybe I’ll redo her one day. It didn’t help that her photo was also kinda unfortunate looking, because she is younger than the other 3. Basically, the other three chickens got lovely Senior Portraits, while Sylvia is stuck with an awkward junior high yearbook photo.