Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Little Chick in Red

Hi there! I am happy to report that the Traveling Chicken and her glamorous entourage arrived safely in Texas! From the looks of the box, she underwent a most thorough examination in Customs. However, her sterling reputation as an international ambassador of creative good will (and fun!) must have preceded her. They carefully wrapped her back up and sent her on her way!

After a leisurely morning of tea and scones, she graciously posed for me yesterday afternoon. She seems to favor a vintage tea towel, and I can't say that I blame her.  She looks stunning in red! Awhile ago, I purchased this tiny, 4-inch wooden panel, and I hadn't found just the right subject for it. When I unpacked the little Traveling Chicken, though, I knew she was it!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I'm going to start her auction on Daily Paintworks at $1.00.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to fellow painter, Azra's, favorite charity.  She was the one that started this very fun tradition, so I think it is only fitting! Thank you, Azra!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Brooding on the meaning of eggsistence.

My chickens, who are a tad moulting and bedraggled, took one look at this polished well-travelled, cosmopolitan visitor and fell to pondering about their narrow, provincial and rather closed lives. No elephant riding for them; moods were rather fowl.

The TC however also fell to pondering. Here were useful productive hens - they provided nourishing eggs, thereby enriching lives, ( and the odd cake). Their lives had a purpose... did hers?

Then she thought about deep stuff, about , you know, how the shell encapsulates the fragility of life, about whether we can ever truly perceive ourselves, are we  capable only of looking in on life from the outside? and, uuhmm, about shadows symbolising something looming or somesuch, and about... amm, poached eggs on sourdough. Oops, that's just me.

TC will be only too delighted to flee such mind scrambling eggsistentialist angst, ( not to mind such bad puns) - happy travelling.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Chicken Chit Chat

The Travelling Chicken has arrived in Surrey in the UK. She set off socialising and comb comparing before getting down to the business of life modelling.
Can I just say a big thank you to Nan, who despite being in the middle of dealing with Sandy and its aftermath, has been ever so helpful and patient.