Garden Chickens

A couple of years ago I bought some metal chickens and roosters at the dollar store to put in a flower bed in my back yard. To be clear, I don’t like doo-dads in my garden, but these chickens and roosters were rusty antique-looking critters and I love anything vintage or antique.

Anyway, this spring, as we were cleaning the garden beds, my husband suggested that I paint the chickens. Yikes, doo-dads in my garden! Well, after several nudges from him, I finally decided to paint the darn chickens. Actually, they look kind of cute. Here’s a photo log of my chicken-painting adventures. I had already painted the rooster’s cone and wattle when my husband came in to take some before-and-after photos. Enjoy!

This is Holly, my sweet little Maltese. She’s putting up with the cone, but still happy to be near me while I paint.

Here they are, in glorious colour!

Painting with acrylics: my newest passion!

I can paint!

Have you ever thought about painting a picture, but had no clue how to go about it? Have you ever stared at a blank canvass in the craft store and wondered where you would even paint the first stroke? Well, I sure have. That is, until I went to my first Paint Nite and found out how easy it is to paint something that you can be proud of.  

Hey, Hey, Hydrangeas: my first Paint Nite painting, March 2016.

Hey, Hey, Hydrangeas: my first Paint Nite painting, March 2016.

Here is the first painting I did at Paint Nite. While it may not be perfect, it does look like flowers, I think.

With this experience under my belt, I knew I had been bitten by the paint bug. So, off I went to Michael’s with my 50 per cent off coupon, where I loaded up on canvasses of all sizes and shapes, brushes and, of course, acrylic paint. It didn’t take me long to discover that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of tutorials on YouTube on how to paint with acrylics. The great thing is that you can follow along with the artist, but pause and rewind so that you can paint at your own speed. There are so many paintings to choose from and I want to pain them all. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even change up the colours or add your own unique touches to every painting.

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Field of Poppies: for this one, I painted along with a YouTube tutorial. April 2016

Here’s the first painting I did at home last week. It’s called Field of Poppies. 

Below is a close-up of one of the poppies (I think it’s the best one…it’s funny how each painting has elements about it that I love and some that I wish I had done better).

Anyway, once again, it’s not perfect, but it is recognizable. And that’s a start!

My favourite poppy...I know that sounds silly, but I think this really is my best poppy. :)

My favourite poppy…I know it sounds silly, but while trying to paint poppies for the first time, I think this one turned out the best. 🙂

That’s it for now, folks. I hope you will be inspired to take part in a Paint Nite. I promise you will have a lot of fun and you will never again be afraid of a blank canvass. And, remember, you don’t need to know anything about painting to go to a Paint Nite. Check it out for yourself and let me know how you did.

Thanks, so much, for stopping by. I hope you will come back, soon.

Happy crafting, happy painting, happy everything!!

Gloria