Thursday, December 5, 2013

Coco & Leo

Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 -- Click Here to Buy

Coco and Leo are our Welsummer chickens. We got them as baby chicks from a hatchery. They hang out together a lot. They make a great pair. This painting is based on a photo I took in a shade. There is no strong highlight. The red comb and face of the rooster is the main point of interest, echoed by the head of the hen. The iridescent green on the rooster is more noticeable in this type of lighting. I love the complimentary red on his back. Since it looks pretty busy in the upper part of this composition, I tried to minimize the details and value contrast in the lower half, including their feet.

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