March 11, 2017

Rooster Painting

Rooster in front of turquoise barn
Rooster painted in Angela Anderson lesson
As I continue with my painting class for learning to paint faces I find I need a change from portraits from time to time. I do seem to have a "thing" for chickens.  I attribute that to the fact that my grandparents had a farm so I grew up with chickens, cows, pigs - there was even a goat for a while. And yes, my grandmother was one of those women who would go outside, catch a chicken, cut its head off and cook it for Sunday dinner. The expression "running around like a chicken with it's head cut off" has it's basis in reality. But let's not get too gruesome! This is about art and the beauty of a fine feathered rooster.

So as I was looking around for some painting inspiration I discovered Angela Anderson and her Youtube channel.  She has free acrylic painting lessons and I was delighted to find this Rooster class. If you are not familiar with Angela's channel I suggest you check it out. Her lessons are the "paint along with the instructor" type of lesson and I find those fun to do.

rooster painting in progress
Rooster in my sketchbook

I used a mixed media spiral bound sketch book to paint in. I gessoed the paper first and it did not curl.  I used Liquitex and Golden acrylics. We did the wooden boards first. Learning to paint the boards of the barn was as much fun as painting the rooster!

Detail of rooster head
Rooster Detail

The next step is to paint a chicken from my own photo using my own design. So we'll see how that goes!

I hope you've all had a creative week!  Thanks for stopping by - I'd love to see what you have been working on.



  1. Nice chicken face Lane, have a creative weekend

    much love...

  2. He is fabulous!!! I love looking at Angela's vids but have never actually painted anything specific from them. Happy PPF!

  3. Wow, your rooster is magnificent, well done! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  4. This is a remarkable work.
    A proud animal, very pretty.
    I think he knows that!
    Greetings from Germany

  5. Wow this is fabulous!! I love roosters and you really captured him. The feather details are impressive.

  6. I love Angela too! We made a video collaboration a while ago ♥
    Your rooster is gorgeous!

  7. I do love the way you have painted this rooster. It would be fun to see a headless chicken running about. Happy PPF

  8. Hello Laney, your Rooster is wonderful and so enjoyable to read about your process. I loved seeing all the detail in his feathers... a really beautiful artwork :D) Happy PPF!

    1. p.s. I've just been over to Angela Anderson's youtube - thanks very much for the link, I really like the way she presents her videos :D)

  9. Wow, this is beautiful! I love how you did the wooden boards, and the rooster looks great! Thanks for sharing the Youtube-channel. Very inspiring!

  10. Absolutely stunning...boards and rooster are amazing! What a great piece!! I do the same with my spiral book...gesso always gives it some tooth and stability!! I even have clear gesso I got almost a year ago I haven't tried yet! Thanks for the link too...checking it out now!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. What a brilliant rooster! The background sets his red crown colour off beautifully. I will go and check out the youtube class.

  12. The chicken looks great and so do the boards! It's wonderful.


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