Friday, December 9, 2016

The Traveling Chicken visits NYC (Part 2)

'Gregarious Friends '
11 x 14 inches
Oil on Gessobord

What a group of chatty animals! After their initial introductions, Mr Jersey and Friesia the cows, TC, Mama Chick and her babies, Señor Gallo Azul and the three turkeys Bernard, Matthew and Cranberry all became great friends over the next few days.

Mr Jersey and Señor Gallo Azul just could not stop talking! At one point, I caught these four ^ laughing and having some great joke about something.

It had been raining all week in New York but on their last day, the rain finally stopped, so Ms Chick and Señor Azul decided to take the opportunity to go to see some of what they had heard about The Big Apple. Mama Chicken is not as outgoing as Señor Azul and TC, so she decided to stay home with the turkeys and her baby chicks. Besides, she was a bit daunted about all the noise and the traffic.

So the two intrepid friends set out and their first stop was Grand Central Station.

They were astounded at seeing so many people rushing about. Everybody seemed to be so busy and on their way somewhere.

There was an enormous gold clock in the middle of the station, which lots of people looked at while they checked their timetables.

It was all quite overwhelming at first, but these two fearless buddies soon adapted to the hustle and bustle and went to look outside.

Not far down the street, the two friends gasped at all the very tall buildings.

One of the buildings near the station was very shiny. A passer by told them it was called the Chrysler Building. The birds thought it was funny that it looked like there were two Chrysler buildings, but they realized that one of the buildings was just a reflection in a shop window.
A bit further on and the friends came across another building which had 'RADIO CITY' written in large letters on the outside.
Señor Azul and Ms Chick are not very tall and had to stand on a brass fire-hydrant in order to view it.

It was at this point that the intrepid travelers noticed that they were getting a lot of funny looks from passers-by.

I guess even in New York, it's not often that you will see a little yellow chicken and a blue rooster out sight-seeing.

By now the friends were very tired anyway and it was time to go home.

TC, Señor Azul and Mama Chicken had such a great time meeting the cows and the turkeys.

They are heading back to Pandalana (our marvelous 'Travelling Chicken' blog administrator) for a few days to rest before they set off again.

 'The Traveling Chicken visits NYC' - see: Part 1.

Read more about the Traveling Chicken in my blog:

Thanks for following TC and friends on their NYC adventure!

The Traveling Chicken visits NYC (Part 1)

A few days ago, a long, narrow package arrived. I had ordered some new brushes so that's what I expected to see, but as I opened the package I realised it was something far better.

  I caught this glimpse... "AHHHH!"
"What is it, what is it?" asked my kids as they gathered around.

I said they had to be patient because some very special guests had arrived. I carefully unwrapped the package. Out came Ms Chick (or TC, the traveling yellow chicken, as she is otherwise known), Mama Chick and her babies and Señor Gallo Azul - the rooster.
The birds were all very happy to be out of their box to stretch their wings.

Just then, two ceramic cows appeared, to see what all the fuss was about.

Well in no time at all everyone had made their introductions.

Mr Jersey the blue cow and Friesia the spotted cow (who looks after the butter), welcomed the traveling friends and they were all soon chatting away.

Mr Jersey is quite the talker. He and Señor Gallo Azul really hit it off. Mr Jersey told them all about the bright lights of NYC (which is 40 minutes from here) and Señor Azul talked all about their visits to distant lands and about their adventures and mishaps.

The 3 wingèd friends have traveled far and wide. Ms Chick regretted once partying too hard in her younger day and Señor Azul at one point had to be fixed up from a head injury. Sad to say that Ms Chick is also starting to show some wear and tear but neither of these two are prepared to grow old gracefully; they are still up for adventure and both said that New York City sounds great and they can't wait to see it.

Listening into the conversation were three turkeys who, for reasons known only to themselves live amongst the hydrangeas in the corner of the kitchen. A new turkey has appeared there at Thanksgiving, every year for the last 3 years.

The turkeys, Bernard, Matthew and Cranberry were also very curious to meet these new birds that had arrived, so they made a rare excursion out of the hydrangeas and came down to introduce themselves to the group.

Well for the next hour there was much squawking and clucking.

The turkeys are quite wise old birds and gave the three friends lots of advice on how to get around New York City, should they decide to visit during their stay.

One of the turkeys noticed his picture was being taken and kept his eye on me. Turkeys can live perilous lives. I think that's why they keep a low profile in the hydrangeas.

'The Traveling Chicken visits NYC' - the story continues in: Part 2.

And read more about the Traveling Chicken in my blog:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Miss Chick Visits A Yooper!

Miss Chick and her entourage arrived in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I couldn't wait to show them around! For those of you who don't know what a "Yooper" is, it's someone who lives in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan... get it? U.P. -- Yooper. Many people mistakenly believe that the U.P. is part of Canada. Not that that would be a bad thing ... but it's actually part of the State of Michigan.
The first things we had to see were the Littoral Combat ships being built across the river at Marinette Marine. Mr. Rooster was suitably impressed, but Miss Chick held her cool while pondering the potential of these massive creations.
Next we went to view the work being done on the lighthouse, an iconic emblem of our community. We chose not to take time to walk out on the breakwall to the structure since there was so much more to see and time was limited.
Mr. Rooster marveled at the vastness of the waters of Green Bay, a large bay that connects to Lake Michigan. How could so many seagulls live in one location?

Miss Chick was amazed that there was still so much color to be seen in the leaves this late in the season. I explained to her that the weather had been unusually warm throughout the autumn this year, and that living near the water keeps the climate a bit more temperate than farther inland.

We went to visit some friends, who were very excited to hear about Miss Chick's travels. They happily agreed to help me document her visit with some creations of their own. Here are their finished works of art.

We all had a joyous time creating with Miss Chick and her friends! But I'm sure the one who will miss her the most is my own darling Sadie, who was most interested to hear as much as she could about Miss Chick's travels. She has been so many places in the world! Here is Sadie The Yooper Dog, recorded forever in a painting, saying goodbye to Miss Chick and Mr. Rooster. Bon voyage, friends!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Traveling Chicken Comes to Michigan

"The Traveling Chicken," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, $199 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

The Traveling Chicken has been on the road traveling the world since 2012, visiting artists' studios and sitting for paintings. She arrived in the thumb of Michigan with a couple of her friends last week, and they have been busy auditioning different flowers, searching for the perfect co-star in her painting.

They were partial to the sunflowers, so I obliged.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The traveling Chicken is in St-Lazare!

Oil on canvas
8 x 16
Available here: 

So where is St-Lazare?  A question even some people living 30 minutes away from us wonder.  It's a little town west of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
We have horses and crazy big trees.  It's the country only steps from Montreal.

So TC arrived with his friends and I was sooooooo honoured to be hosting him for the week!
As soon as they arrived they took this selfie

I had to finish a commission before I could paint him so he had to be very patient… and me too because I had so many ideas for her!

While she waited he made friends with my favourite knickknack, the Tiffany blue unicorn.

Then it was time to try some of the painting poses I had imagined for her.  Here's one example of how things look better in my imagination then in reality.  This happens A LOT! 

So I decided to paint him in a pair of jeans because painting jeans make me so happy.  I also thought her beautiful yellow colour would pop out in contrast to the blue.
Here she is making sure I get the shade just right.  She was very scared I was going to make her look like a turkey.

It's now time to go visit the next artist!  I will never forget you TC xxx

Monday, August 22, 2016

Traveling Chicken and friends visits Richfield, OH

My name is Cheri Homaee and TC and her friends came to Ohio at a bad time.  Seventeen year Cicada's and Heat...Ugh,  so we had a lot of fun inside.  She visited with some friends of mine on the Dayne(my son) shelf.  The Dayne shelf are small polymers items that my son made when he was younger, so she and her friends hung out a lot with them.  All kinds of conversations going on into the nite,I could hear them talking late into the night.

Everyone one wanted to get into the act in the photos..  All enjoyed talking and hanging out.  TC and friends  made a lot of new friends, some were too  shy and didn't want their photos taken.

So King Frog and TC did a selfie and  wanted me to do their portrait to remember her by, first selfie the the rooster did a photo bomb, but they took the selfie over when he wasn't looking.  So much fun!

9 x 12 Strathmore Bristol Smooth  
Prismacolor Premier softcore color pencils

So TC and her friends are on their way to a new destination in Quebec.  They must be tired all that traveling around.  Safe Travels gang!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Traveling Chicken goes to Big D!

Traveling Chicken was visiting me, Kay Wyne in my studio in Dallas, Texas.  It was too hot for Traveling Chicken to go outside and play, so I painted TC with one of my many roosters.  Since my rooster was larger ((everything is bigger in Texas!), I put TC on a solo cup (just the right height and a punch of blue is just what the still life set-up needed.)  They were having a little chit chat.

Chit Chat
Finished 12" x 16" Oil on RayMar Cotton Panel
Traveling Chicken is all packed up and ready to go to the Post Office this morning and is heading to Ohio.  This painting is for sale...and would love to have a new home.  Contact Kay for purchasing info.  Thanks for looking at this blog.  Happy Painting!  Kay Wyne

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ms. Chicken Has Fun in Byron, Georgia

Sweet little TC and her friends knocked on my front door on a Friday afternoon. We had nothing but fun fun fun for a whole week! As soon as the feathery flock unpacked, we began a tour of my country yard. Right away, TC fell in love with the three "birdie swimming pools" under a canopy of Live Oak trees. These became the highlight of her visit.

The chickens enjoyed hanging out on this baker's rack whenever I cooked our meals. It's near the back door, so they could watch the sun setting over the woods. Senor Azul would wade in a bowl of berries, pretending to make wine while the ladies chatted. TC talked of her sudden desire to contact Walmart and propose a new "Traveling Prairie Chicken" line of kitchen decor.

After much more time at the pool, Senor Azul was craving a "manly adventure." He soon spotted a stack of old firewood under a tall Hickory tree at the edge of my woods. "Perfect for climbing!" he crowed. These brave chickens were not afraid of the poison ivy that wove through the scene, but I was very careful. TC thought the ivy was beautiful, and she loved basking in the ray of light. Senor Azul was thrilled to be exploring and pecking for bugs...just like country chickens do.

We had another day of country adventure that included picking blueberries. Finally, Mama Hen asked that we play indoors so her babies could rest. (Little did she know, the noisy neighbor kids would come to play.)  It was time for me to begin TC's painting, so we all gathered in the art room. While TC posed, the visiting neighbor kids (aka "little monsters") tried to make her laugh.

TC and I stayed up late, discussing her painting and flexing our imaginations.  She wanted something to commemorate her favorite part of the visit...the "birdie swimming pools."  We hope you like what we came up with.  TC says I've captured her "wild and sunny side."  

TC likes this early morning view, embellished with stripes of light and hints of lace.

"TC is FREE!" is acrylic on 8x8 inches wrapped canvas.  TC's body is slightly metallic.  This painting and more can be seen at Art by Susan on my website, .

THANK YOU for joining "TC and Friends" on her Georgia adventure!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ms Chick and friends visit Scappoose and St. Helens, Oregon

After arriving on a raining day with heavy cloud cover and showers day after day,  the sun finally came out so Ms. Chick and friends visited the world's largest Candle, The Peace Candle of the World in Scappoose.

She traveled to St. Helens, Oregon to see the Columbia County Court House where Halloween Town was filmed, along with other movies like the Twilight sagas. Note: The town of St. Helens is in Oregon and Mt. St. Helens is located in Washington State.

the gang met This lovely lady and they found they had a kindred spirit.

While trying to find a good place to pose in front of the totem pole "welcome to Scappoose" sign, they ran into Woody and the gang and decided to pose together.  The totem pole sort of disappeared in the background by the tree.

Here the Trio are on the wall at the base of the totem pole...itty bitty.

It was so much fun at the totem pole, they went back to the candle for another pose.

TC spotted the Candle along with Mt. St. Helens in the distance.

Although still very hazy, after waiting 8 days for the clouds to lift, TC points to Mt. Hood in the far distance. On a clear day, there are several points in Scappoose, you can view the Cascade mountain range and see Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams all in Washington, and in Oregon, Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.  
It was a fun visit for the whole gang and reluctantly said their goodbyes.  They will be visiting Georgia next.
My painting of Ms. Chick will be posted soon.
Post Card from Scappoose, OR
photo bomb by Senor.
6x6x1.5 acrylic on stretched canvas, image continues on all sides.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Gabriele will be posting her painting at a later date and may re-host the gang as she had an emergency sending the chickens home early.

Yes, before you ask, she is fine.  Actually she is wonderful.  And I hope to see what she gets to paint when she has time.

SO,  who wants to paint the chicken?

They just arrived to me today, and I am forwarding them on to Loretta this week.

Thursday, May 12, 2016



So, here is the troupe learning a bit from A Setton at the Henry Fukuhara Manzanar Workshop. There are over 100 artists at the annual event in Lone Pine. The chickens are hot and tired now, because it is a toasty 91 degrees Fahrenheit out here. The majority of the artists paint in watercolor.

Will send more soon!

Friday, May 6, 2016


TC and her traveling gang showed up at my door today.

TC is fine; as it Senor Azul and Mama and baby chics.  However, poor poor Senor Rojo is worse for wear with 2 broken legs.  He will be seeing the Chicken healer and staying with me for a while and resting.

TC, Senor Azul and Mama and baby chics will be on their way to California tomorrow to see Gabriele Baber

I have added some extra padding in their travel case and am looking into finding something better for them to travel in.  I thought the thick wine bottle insulator would be great; but they still need to have padding even in there; as shipping can get rough.  Poor travelers!

Gabriele is participating in a paint out with 100 other artists on the 11th of this month and wanted to share TC with her artists friends.

TC is tickled!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Oh Dear! Has Anyone Seen This Chicken???

It appears TC has gone rogue again and may be held up hostage somewhere.  Keep a look out for her and please notify us if you see her and any of her gang nearby.

Her accomplices:

Her cousin TC Isabelle came way to visit and has learned of her disappearance and is extremely worried.  She is willing to fill in in her place as long as necessary.  Senor Arroz is standing nearby as well.

Cousin Isabelle: