Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chicks and Peeps

"Easter Chicks", oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in

"Peeps", oil on board, 5 x 7 in.

These paintings are so new off the easel, they're still wet. But I wanted to post them in time for Easter. Since I've been enamored of baby chick paintings for the last couple of years, and since our baby chicks are all grown up, I had to settle for the marshmallow variety to paint. I thought it would be fun to combine a live chick with a peep, and then I had to do a study of the peeps themselves. Thank-goodness they went stale while under the studio lights, so I didn't have to eat them. I've never been a fan of Peeps for consumption, but I love the look of them with their curled over marshmallow beaks and little beady brown eyes.

"Chocolate Eggs", oil on board, 5 x 7 in.

And this last one had to be completed quick. You must know how difficult it is to stare at three foil-wrapped dark chocolate eggs for several hours. I thought of changing the painting to include just two wrapped eggs and an empty foil wrapper, but I restrained myself until the painting was finished. Those were the last of the chocolate eggs. Now if I want to do another painting, I'll just have to buy another bag.