Chickens are amazing, they amuse, produce, teach, and they inspire.
I recently went to a party where a fellow chicken friend of mine (hi Hope) had set up a seat by a bench, broken out her water color paints, and then started to paint some pictures inspired in part by the small flock of chickens in the coop behind her.
She dabbed here and swished there and soon, she had completed this little masterpiece.
I mean take a look at it. She’s managed to capture personality (as well as an exquisitely fluffy butt or two) simply from using black and red paint. How impossibly perfect is that? Continue reading
I told you I would show you Simon’s newest piece of art today and true to my word, here it is.
Simon the painting chicken's "Sunflower"
It’s called “Sunflower” (doesn’t it just brighten your day?)
Simon (her twin sister is named Garfunkel) had actually painted the flower part last year but we had never gotten around to putting the “seeds” in so last night, Addy went out to the henhouse and because it was raining she brought little Simon into the kitchen so that she could finish the picture and sign it (in the lower right corner.)
I held Simon who snuggled down into my arms while Addy helped with the paints and canvas. Not a peep was heard from our artist, in fact at one point, I even wondered if she had fallen asleep, but no, it turns out she was keeping one eye open at all times on Pippin, our dog who found this all highly interesting.
I don’t know if you caught that but we had a chicken in our kitchen last night painting and you want the know the best part about that? Not one person in my family thought it was in the least bit odd to do this.
A chicken in the house? We’ve had many before and I imagine we’ll have many more. Continue reading
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Last night I attended a presentation at our local library put on by two debut Young Adult authors (Gina Rosati and Hilary Weisman Graham) It was a great event filled with heart-to-heart advice by writers to writers (and some of the coolest bookmarks I’ve ever seen.) I’ll be reviewing Gina’s book: Auracle – on this blog as it gets closer to its release date. (hey, us chicks have to look out for each other.)
While I was at the library, one of the librarians: Ellen came up to me, “Wendy?” she said. “Wendy Thomas?”
Wondering if I had any overdue fines on library books, I hesitatingly acknowledged yes, that was who I was and waited.
Ellen then went on to tell me a story from a friend of hers who lives in Washington State. Apparently that friend while waiting for a pizza to be ready started reading the free weekly newsletter often found in local restaurants and coffee shops around the town (and I’ve since discovered are also distributed around the United States and in 50 countries.)
One of the “Everybody’s Talking About…” articles in the newsletter was about a chicken owned by Wendy Thomas from Merrimack New Hampshire who had created a piece of art that ended up benefiting a local playground.
Wait a minute.
“That’s your chicken, right?” she asked me. Continue reading
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Our little hen; Simon is the Pet of the Day at PetoftheDay.com
They heard about Simon on the news and contacted me about featuring her as the Pet of the Day.
I’m going to print the article out and hang it in the henhouse for all the girls to see.
Simon is certainly making a splash.
“How dare you call a chicken’s painting art!”
Ebay Auction of “Fireworks painting done by chicken“
This is in reply to the people out there who are offended that I call my chicken’s painting art.
To those who question this label – get a cup of tea, sit down, and take a deep breath.
This is a fundraiser. It is going to raise money so that kids will have a safe and imaginative place to play. Relax. I am not belittling your years in art school, I’m not taking away your jobs as teachers.
When money is tight it’s the lesser but still worthy charity efforts that get hurt. The family’s where the Dad is killed, the child is hurt, the house is burned down – they’ll be taken care of. The community comes together to help our own, it’s what we do. Continue reading