Friday, August 16, 2013

Here She Is ... the Gold-laced Wyandotte

Pretty Lady
8.5 x 8.5 framable image
Just the chicken, the pigment and the paper. If you bought her, I would ensure she arrived safe and sound, even if Bruno and I had to do an imitation of the Pony Express to hand-deliver it!

Here are the stages. After getting the chicken in fair order, I did a w/w background with aureolin, qui.gold and phthalo blue. In later stages, I added quin. pink to the mixture. I wanted something suggestive of leaves.

I did several glazes of the dark area behind the leaves on the shadowed side.

Then I started glazing the leaves in shadow to give some differentiation and depth. I played with the darks of the leaves, and added more detail to the feathers, and ... voila!

Thank you very much for dropping by! Your comments are always welcome.


  1. What a great chick(en)! I love the stylized leaves in the background. Would love to see you doing the Pony Express :) How's Bruno doing?

  2. Oh Kathryn, she's definitely a pretty lady. Its beautiful. I love how you painted the background, as well...!!!

  3. Hi Kathryn,
    I had a wonderful visual of you riding Bruno as a Pony Express with this lovely chicken watercolor tucked under your arm!
    I'm also in agreement with the above comments with the graphic leaf background behind the chicken in contrasting colors. Fun!

  4. Do you and Bruno deliver all over Europe?? :):) That background is so well chosen Kathryn! Really love it! Have a nice weekend:) B.t.w. How is Bruno doing??