Oil on canvas painting of a newly hatched chick and its former 'home'. I really enjoyed working on the fluffy and fuzzy textures of the downy feathers, as well as the eggshell's smoother, yet still textured; outer surface. The yellows which are taken for granted as being the default color of a chick's feathers are not the only ones I saw as I painted this...some turquoise appeared towards the back. I felt that I needed to add some vibrant color to the shadows so they would not be lost in all the dark browns of the foreground and background, what drew me to the photo that I used as a reference, (which I found on Morguefile taken by peachyqueen), was because of all the great light that was cast on this very sweet subject...as a result of the back-lighting. Neither the background or the shell were part of the original composition of the photo, which was taken of a chicken coop. I fabricated the background, and also used a different reference photo for the egg shell .
oil paint, linseed oil (painting medium)