Monday, June 27, 2011

Why did the Chicken....II



9x12 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Some of you who have been viewing my posts for a while may remember my first chicken crossing the road. [ click HERE to view the post] Well someone who had view this first version on FineArtAmerica.com wanted to buy the original. I realized I committed an awful faux pas because I no longer had the original and had not updated my web page. She allowed me to paint another version a little bigger and I thought better and she was under no obligation to buy.

Fortunately she loved this version and said she had been looking for the perfect present for her sister's 50th birthday. I had to ask of course....why the chicken? She explained that her sister loves chickens and her life motto is "forward progress" and she thought the sprinting chicken represented that attitude. The client also thinks the fact that I am retired Law Enforcement would add to her sister's delight because she also loves crime dramas. The client was kind enough to share that she had worked for the Art Institute in Chicago in the 20th Century Department and later became a graphic artist so imagine my delight when she emailed me to say the painting was even more beautiful in person.

This is half of the reason I have been away from my blog. The other half is another commission I've been working on for the past several weeks that I'll tell you about in my next post. Love to all!

13 comments:

martinealison said...

Ta poule est adorable et j'admire son sprint!... Je doute fort qu'elle puisse pondre un oeuf après un tel effort ! autrement ce sera un oeuf brouillé au menu!...
Blague à part, j'aime le mouvement que tu as su à la perfection produire dans cette peinture, ainsi que son ombre. bravo , c'est incroyablement beau.
La lumière aussi qui inonde ta toile est superbe. Toutes mes félicitations ma chère et gros bisous à toi.

AutumnLeaves said...

I'm imagining Henny Penny squawking, "the sky is falling! the sky is falling!!" I love the story behind this piece, Sheila. And it sure makes me happy to hear you are working on commissions!

suzanneberry said...

absolutely fabulous!

Cathyann said...

Woohoo Sheila, way to go ! What a great story and how kind of her to tell you that...You never know when where or why someone connects with your art, so when they share those things, it fortifies you doesn't it? Looking forward to your next post.
hugs,

Dana Cooper said...

Love your energetic brushwork Sheila and the image made me smile!

Spiritartartist said...

I love this painting and the story, Sheila. I could see a whole series of these. Just makes me smile!

Pam Holnback said...

Love the looseness in this!

Linda Popple said...

This brought a smile!!! Love it! :-)

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Love hearing (and not surprised) that you are busy with commissioned work Sheila! Collectors can be such a wonderful source of delight! Who are they and why did they buy-- great stuff!!

Gwen Bell said...

Love this chicken and the story. Chickens are so funny and you've really captured that harried flight so perfectly here.

Manon Doyle said...

That's wonderful, Sheila!! I love this version!! I smiled right away when I saw it!!! : )) xo

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Wonderful work! Fantastic atmosphere! Beautiufl!

sam said...

This is great Sheila, a real fun and lively piece, your brushtrokes create such movement, easy to see why they were so happy with it)