Thursday, 20 December 2012

A New Venture

Speckled Hen. Acrylic 20 x 20cms on stretched canvas
box frame £30
While looking through my photos for some inspiration for a painting recently, I came across a few shots of some bantams that I had taken at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire. Although the speckled hen here took up only a very small part of the photo, I was able to examine the bird in more detail using the computer to zoom in on a potential image.
The result was this acrylic painting of this fine specimen of a Belgium Bantam hen. She was running loose with a few other hens, as well as a cock bird, in lovely long grass filled with bluebells and cowslips - a very English background indeed.

Now the reason for this painting appearing in this post when the title is "A New Venture", is because I have set myself up with an online art shop, and this painting is the first item I added for sale. Although I've only been up and running for a few days, I've managed to list a few of my recent paintings and greetings cards that I have had professionally printed from these, as well as an old chair that I brought back to life. Hopefully the shop will grow,especially as I have more time for painting now, and I will sell lots of paintings and live happily ever after! Hmmmm, maybe that will be wishful thinking, but I did mention on Facebook that my new shop was open for business, and promptly made a sale - the morning sunrise painting I showed you in my last blog! It is now winging its way to the USA

For those interested to see what I am selling, here's the link:


  1. Well the chicken is beautiful Frank! I really love your work with acrylics. And best of luck with your online shop! I hope you have more sales than you can manage. ;)

  2. Hi frank.
    I like this painting of a Chicken. The Face is absolutely brilliant and alive. All the best Frank.

  3. Luck with your paintings frank

  4. Great painting and good luck with the new online shop Frank. Merry Christmas!

  5. The chicken is beautiful Frank, I don't think it will be long before that is fluttering away somewhere!

    Best of luck with the shop.

    Happy Christmas.

  6. Great painting! I love the brushwork!
    Lots of luck with your folksy store. It looks very nice. I wish we had folksy in the states.

  7. Thanks Angela - I think the states version of Folksy is called Etsy.