Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Little Red Hen

Henny Penny
9x12 watercolor

Last week in the Open Painting group I chose to paint a chicken from a photo that I had. She looks quite smart and sure of herself and reminds me of the children's story The Little Red Hen.  I think her name was Henny Penny and no one in the barnyard wanted to help her make bread but everyone wanted to eat it when she was finished; but she wouldn't let them. The moral being that if you don't work you don't eat. I wonder if that tale is still being read to children today. 

I painted her feathers with quinacridone orange, burnt sienna, and a mixture of ultra marine blue and green blue. When it was dry I added some iridescent orange and blue.  It adds a little sheen to the painting which doesn't show up too well on the photo.






4 comments:

  1. Love your hen and the Henny Penny story brings back memories. Yes, I'm old enough to have read that story .. Thank God !
    Haven't tried any of the iridescent paints yet, but so tempted... BJ

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  2. Love the classic story of the Little Red Hen. It's a great lesson for people of all ages! Like your rendition of her here. Thanks for following my blog and welcome!

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  3. A perky, darling hen and a charming story to go with!

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  4. This painting would make a great illustration in a children's book. Well done. Love the blue in the tail feathers.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.