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Mille fleur is *hard*


Mille fleur. ‘Thousand flowers’. I’ve had three chooks of this variety, and lovely fat hens they’ve all been. But I’ve dreaded trying to paint them.

Working hard on my chicken portfolio just now, you see.

They aren’t just speckledy. When you see an individual feather — particularly a long feather — there’s at least something of a pattern. It’s a brown feather with a black stripe before a white tip. But jumbled onto a chicken…it’s hard.

Let’s see that in color, with this lovely picture of Lucia the Mille Fleur and Mapp the Ginger having a dust bath in the onion bed.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 18, 2017, 9:54 pm

Ma’am, please forgive me for offering an opinion, since I know nothing about art, but could you not do a line drawing of a chicken shape, and then dabble a little paint here and there to give the impression of a chicken?

And look at the expression of Mapp’s face. At first glance, you might think that chicken faces aren’t that expressive, but I look at the bird and I can’t help but think that she is giving us the proverbial ‘stink eye.’

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 19, 2017, 12:01 pm

Maybe you could paint one or two feathers for your readers 🙂 Just for practice

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: October 19, 2017, 2:11 pm

It looks … challenging. But, if you can manage it, well worth the effort?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 19, 2017, 3:05 pm

The brown bits remind me of fallen oak leaves buried a bit in snow when viewed as an overall pattern.

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