Who knows where obsessions, I mean collections, start? I’m pretty sure that my chicken collection began with a milk glass piece, you know the one, it’s a nesting chicken. All I know is that I collect vintage chicken figurines, and I want more. My thing for chickens doesn’t stop at collecting. I go to places like Homegoods, and I look through the displays, and I want my chickens to be on the wall art, apron fabrics and figurines.
Over the last year and a half I’ve been working on art, I hadn’t picked up an art brush in about 25 years, so I started at the beginning. When I decided to shut down production at Modern June, I needed to find something to help me through the transition, depression, and worry. I didn’t want to sew, in fact, I just started sewing again this month. Modern June Art became my art therapy. (There’s more on the shut down here and here.)
I started out with colored pencils and an ink pen. I guess I was creating my own coloring book pages, and everything had a folk art feel to it. I just love this guy; the original piece has some great Russian folk art flowers as well. I can’t believe that I created this in February 2015. Has it been that long?
Once I was a little more comfortable with the drawing process, I started painting with acrylics. I’m amused that the first paintings that I shared on Instagram were of chickens.
This guy was adapted from art found on a vintage tea towel. As you can see, I’m very influenced by mid-century art styles. Going through my collections of tea towels and feed sack fabrics has helped me find my art style. I should say it’s helping me to find my style; I am sure that there is something more defined in my art that will develop with time.
This month I made a personal commitment to creating a fabric line for my new portfolio. Again, I haven’t built a portfolio in over 25 years. It’s interesting that I’m going back to my college days to figure out the middle age me. (Darn, I am so pushing 50!!!) Anyway, I realized that I hadn’t drawn a chicken in a while What? Why? Now I’m back to sketching my beloved Roosters…
and Junie Cluck Clucks!
If I lived on a farm, this guy would be the one that woke us up every day! He’s a Cocky little fella, isn’t he? I’d love him and his cock-a-doodle-do.
Be sure to follow my new Instagram account @ModernJuneArt! Where I’m starting to post my 366 Days of Art project that I began back on January 1, 2016. For more Modern June Art check out my hashtags #modernjunesketchbook#modernjunesketchbook and #modernjuneart
Have a great day,