There is a bonus to raising hens that lay different colored eggs, especially in April, and my first painting class with Maryalice Eizenberg, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, was also in April (2010).
My husband Philip emptied and cleaned a few eggs from our chickens, Molly (brown egg) and Fiona (blue egg), so I could bring them to class hoping the eggshells could be part of a still life.
Maryalice set up this sweet still life. A soft, stuffed, ducking in a straw basket, surrounded by yellow marshmallow “Peeps”, jelly beans, and my real eggshells. I hope the eggshells survived and are still being used in setting up still lifes at the art center! Fiona is no longer with us, but I still have this sweet painting with her beautiful, blue eggshells. -Catherine
Not only do I look forward to finding an egg in the nesting box, I am enjoying learning how to paint my chickens. Anyone who has chickens for the pleasure of having fresh eggs understands how quickly they become fun, family pets. What I am practicing, is trying to capture the softness of their feathers and personality in their movements.
We have a beautiful hen, named Mona Lisa. Her feathers are a shiny, black iridescence in color. Molly is our country hen, with her spotted feathers. Sadly, we recently lost our Fiona, the colors of her feathers were similar to a pheasant. We’ve all seen white and brown eggs, but Fiona laid a robin’s blue colored egg: Enough about my chickens– back to painting them.
I painted the nasturtiums and coop plein air. The chickens were added back in the studio. Catherine