Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Little Red Hen

Little Red Hen Sold

oil on gallery wrapped canvas 12x12x1"
I've had the desire to paint the chickens ever since we moved here, but just couldn't see the image that I wanted as the final product. So I went to the Daily Painters Gallery and searched for Chicken paintings. While many of them are fabulous, they still weren't what I had in mind.

I wanted something more graphic and fun.

In olden days, back in the 60's I worked for a company that made wrapping paper and specialty bags for retail companies. I was one of three in the art department. We were only allowed to work in black and white and we had to use the art from freelancers to turn into full color for rotogravure presses. This is truly ancient technology now. But occasionally those days float to the surface and I allow myself a little 'illustration' detour.

Some of you may say this looks like a quilt, but I think it works better as a painting.


  1. Anonymous6:30 AM

    Oooohhh, this is so so CUTE! I LOVE IT!
    Too bad you didn't paint the rooster before his demise, but maybe you still have a pic of him somewhere.

    When we were young....years ago young...we had fowls in our yard, and one was a crazy azz rooster. Us children couldn't venture outside without that birdbeast chasing and attacking us. He had us in captivity. He literally flew onto my bros back...bro must have been 3 or 4 then, and pecked on his head like crazy. That was his last ACT! He was promptly killed and cooked, soup I think it was as their meat is rumoured to be tough.

  2. Oh my, gotta remember to NOT be drinking coffee when I go to your blog... I almost had hot coffee thru the nose!!! Miss Hen is a HOOT! Love the crazy borders - especially the daisies. Have you thought of using any of your images & creating a Cafe Press shop? Little Red Hen would make a great tote bag!

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next... LOL

  3. Love Little Red Hen! Mountains in the background, fabric in the foreground...some of my favorite things! She would be a great illustration for a children's book.

  4. You are an amazing artist! Quilts; drawings; stylized; realistic! I am in awe.


  5. The Cafe Press idea is a great one! Some of us can't afford your paintings or quilts in their original forms, but we'd love to have your work near us.

    There's no downside with Cafe Press that I can see...

  6. Yes, tote bags with the red hen printed on the side. you could start the red hen society (sorry just couldn't resist that).

  7. Hi Melody,

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 'Little Red Hen'!!!!!!!!!!! I love the glorious combination of color and patterns. Fabulous!

    Kristin in SC

  8. I love those chicks! I agree, tote bags would be good. Maybe even t-shirts.

  9. Heck, I'd settle for her image on a coffee mug.

    Think of the possibilities, Melody: you could then paint the mug-w/the-chicken-graphic into one of your veggie still-lifes.

  10. I agree with Jeanne, this character would be good in a "Little Red Hen" children's book! She has such panache!


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