Thursday, January 3, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays with the Traveling Chicken

The Traveling Chicken and her two friends arrived here in Altadena, California on December 8th, 2012. She and her flock flew in from Texas after spending a fun time with Darla having tea and getting her beautiful portrait painted.

The beautifully wrapped Traveling Chicken Package from sent from Darla

I was so busy getting ready for Christmas and having out of town guests staying with us that I wasn't able to paint Miss T. Chicken's portrait until after the Holidays.

T.C. was thrilled to spend Christmas with us! It was the first one that she could remember. She happily chose a spot on our Christmas tree amongst all the ornaments right next to one of our big red hearts. She loved how bright and shiny it was and spent hours gazing at it. (probably admiring her own reflection)! Miss T. Chicken celebrated the Holidays and was in her element with being an ornament herself!

"The Traveling Chicken with a big Heart", 8 3/4" x 10 1/2" watercolor
by Kathleen Ballard, 2013

After Christmas she watched her first Rose Parade on television and loved seeing all the floats, bands and horses on New Year's Day.

Now she is packing and getting ready for her next adventure flying to Elle's home in Colorado.

It was so much fun having Miss T. Chicken here for the Holidays and painting her portrait!






25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful painting Kathleen! How did you ever paint that red heart, it's aglow!! I'm sure TC was thrilled to spend the holidays with you. Even got to watch the Rose Parade - what a lucky little chick!

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  2. Oh Kathleen, This one was certainly worth waiting for! You did an awesome job!

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  3. Thank you, Nan and Karla! It was so much fun for me to be a part of the "Traveling Chicken Project!" I'm carefully packing up TC and her buds for sending off to Elle. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret! She was a wonderful houseguest!

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  5. Miss Chick has never looked prettier! Or happier! She looks quite at home on your Christmas tree, Kathleen. Absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Darla, thank you very much! I also want to thank you for the card you enclosed in the package with one of your beautiful paintings on it! It was a wonderful surprise.

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  6. Beautifully painted! She looks so pretty hanging on your tree!

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    1. Hi Kathleen! Glad to meet another Kathleen! I also go by Kittie. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Miss Chick is looking great, thanks to YOU!!! I can hardly get to know her and paint her. This is a great start of a new year!!

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    1. Hi Elle,

      She has friends too! It's fun getting the package with all of them! I look forward to seeing your version of T.C!

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  8. Absolutely adore your painting! Brought a huge smile to my face thinking about how much fun the Chicken had in Pasadena, being an ornament! Watching the Rose Parade. Love your use of reds, love the reflections?...truly love the traveling Chicken project!, thanks for being a part of it!!

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    1. Thanks so much Jill for the kind comments and inviting me to be a part of the TC project! Really fun!

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  9. Love your painting of her! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I thought yours with the little spaceman was so cute and also liked the story!

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  10. Love the painting and the project! This is the first I've heard of the traveling chicken....what a great idea! You are very talented.

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    1. Thanks Kortney. The project is not only fun but a great way to meet other artists!

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  11. Very beautifully done! It has a lovely vibrancy and richness which you often don't see in watercolours.

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    1. Evie, it was so much fun! Thanks for commenting!

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  12. And you hit another beautiful painting out of the park! Love everything you do, but the reflections and the light coming through the pine boughs was inspired! Don't forget to pick up at Segil this week!

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    1. Thanks so much Lynne! I do hope see you at the Gallery this week. If not, have a great New Year!

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  13. I love the richness of your colors and the red reflecting into the yellow. You definitely caught the real substance of each object in your painting.

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  14. Thanks, Gloria! It's funny, but I was so surprised that the chicken was so small! Hard to tell scale from paintings and photos sometimes!

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  15. Your control while keeping the washes and the colors so rich and fresh is amazing. This is a gorgeous painting.

    - I was also surprised by how small Miss Chicken is.

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  16. Your painting is so fresh and sparkly. I love this painting. Gorgeous.

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