Decorated Door Delight

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I love a decorated door.

Inspired by gypsy caravans, Outsider or Detour Art and Charleston Farmhouse in equal measure I have been meaning to paint up our chicken coop doors since they were installed. Last weekend, while the man of the house was camping, it was the perfect opportunity for the boys and I to tackle this delectable task.

Day One

I had originally intended to paint these doors myself, and to do gypsy style scroll decorations around the chicken cameos. I was rather apprehensive of doing it justice. (Careful, decorative embellishments are not my strong point). But after seeing how well the kids’ work on the chicken gate turned out, I decided that the same pseudo-pointillist technique would look a lot better and that the boys would do a much better job than I could.

I roughed out a cameo shape, mixed up some paint for them to use, and let them go for it. They loved it.

blank canvas (almost)

blank canvas (almost)Boy power!

Notice the different styles, apparent even this early in the proceedings. Boy One is neat, precise and thoughtful about his work, taking after his father and paternal grandfather. Boy Two is a lot looser and messier, taking after his mother and maternal grandfather! (A natural Fauve perhaps?) Interesting stuff. I love it that they have differing styles.

Pointillism stage complete

Pointillism stage complete

The boys decided that one would do mostly warm colours on the door with cool colours on the border, and the other would do the reverse.

The boys then painted their favourite chickens in silhouette

The boys then painted their favourite chickens in silhouette

For better or worse, I decided that a higher contrast was needed with the background, so I painted in the dark areas. This was the end of day 1.

For better or worse, I decided that a higher contrast was needed with the background, so I painted in the dark areas. This was the end of Day One.

Day Two
Day Two - I held the chicken while each boy painted its portrait!

Final stages – I held the chicken while each boy painted its portrait! (Arty’s hair looking a bit feral here!)

After signatures were added, the boys wanted to put the chickens’ names on their portraits. Each chose a different style.

Hugo chose a flag emblem for Vita’s name, and used a fancy serif letter form. Vita looks like she is wearing a superhero mask…. or else a villain’s mask. Perhaps the latter. Hugo says definitely superhero!!

Arty chose a simple oval plaque for Emily's name. It suits her eggy shape I think.

Arty chose a simple oval plaque for Emily’s name. It suits her eggy shape I think.

Detail of Fauvist Vita

Detail of Fauvist Vita

Detail of Impressionist Emily :-)

Detail of Impressionist Emily :-)

View of the chicken coop through the garden

View of the chicken coop through the garden

Room for much more decoration here. I feel we are only just getting started!

18 thoughts on “Decorated Door Delight

  1. Joan Spittle

    Jude they are just wonderful, fabulous. They are so lucky to have a mum who sits back and both lets them do and encourages them, especially when you would have loved doing it yourself.

    It is a great achievement done by all, will call and see them soon. Thanks for sending them on love to all M xx

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. kerrie lay

    do you think that you should put a photo of the chicken gate and fence? I do. So Judita, what is your status for this weekend?

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  3. kartwheels

    I have fallen head over heels in love with your chicken coop. The doors are scrumptious!! Go Arty, Hugo and Judy! It’s so cool how you all just have artistic freedom as part of your lives. If you ever make it to the states, come and visit us in Sequoia! Karen
    ps. I liked Arty’s hair… reminds me of Captain’s! :)

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    1. Judy Watson Post author

      Thanks Bella. Chickens certainly do have unique personalities and personal style. Emily has been broody the last few days and boy has she been uptight! She has her own invented squawk that means ‘OUTRAGEOUS! THE INDIGNITY!’ and has been loudly declaring it whenever approached by human or chicken. And she and Poppy got into a fight and Hilda had to step in between them and break it up. Arty said ‘Hilda acts like a true leader’.
      So what about rabbits? I’m waiting for Smudge’s personal profile to be posted…

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