Original painting with mixed media by Melanie Weidner
Created in 2013 — 8.5 x 10 inches
Watercolor, colored pencil
The chicken shows up again and again in my personal magazine image collage work, as a symbol of courage and curiosity. While teaching at Pendle Hill, I doodled a sketch around a magazine photo on a card as a reminder of these qualities. I liked it so much I painted my own chicken to make it mine. Then I scanned this Chicken painting and layered it with the doodle to finish the Yes Chicken image. Also see Rabbit and Wait Rabbit, the sister images of Chicken.
From a blog post, October 2013:
Somehow the chicken has become my cheerleader and challenger icon lately, showing up over and over whenever I make magazine image collages. Yesterday I gave him the reigns and played around with a bit of wacky chicken art encouragement. Here came this big “Yes!”
The chicken side of this guy seems to invite me to welcome my fear, but to keep going anyway. The rooster side reminds me to go ahead and crow a little about new projects. (Far too often I get shy or afraid to be too “cocky,” and then people don’t hear about what I have to share!) So I’m thrilled with this new painting-plus-doodle, making me laugh just when I might chicken out on the challenge of making art and getting the word out. “Yes I can!”
May the “Yes Chicken” visit you today too, wherever you need it most…
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