Over Labor Day weekend, the gallery where I work hosts the Outsiders Outside Art Fair, a gathering of untrained, visionary and folk art. As my mother says these artists "have no rules"! Each year I buy one thing. Three years that has meant chicken art.
I got this Butch Anthony circus banner my first year. It's big -- about 4' x 5'. I have it hung where you can see out the window to the side of my red barn with the chain link fence coming up to it -- I like that parallel visual. Bob Ross is one far-out rooster! (Butch Anthony named him after the guy who had the "How to Paint" show on PBS in the '70s -- remember that?!)
A couple of years later I got this painting from Deb Henderson. Behind the white jar in green letters it says "poop"! I love the position of the chick's head -- very realistic and so rarely seen in paintings. This little girl watches over my dining table.
Last year I got this vivid painting from Matt Swenson. I was determined not to get another chicken painting, but this was so me I couldn't resist! It's right above my television, so I look at it frequently!
And that brings me back to the sheep. Last year the painting I wanted more than anything was a huge panel by Theresa Disney. It had lots and lots of sheep faces all one on the other, and the border was black with silver numbers -- counting sheep. I'd say the piece was 5' wide and 3' tall. Would be the perfect piece for above the bed. But even with a very generous discount and payment plan, I could not do it. Then this year, she showed up with a different painting that was irresistible and within my price range! So, for Oskar and Ulani my sheepdogs, I got this:
Isn't it gorgeous?! I love it! And I finally have something on the wall above the bed!