Strutting Hen, Soul Food Farm
8x10, original oil painting
Last weekend we visited Soul Food Farm in Vacaville with our friends Jim and Anita. Soul Food Farm supplies eggs for Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. If you're not familiar with Alice Waters, she founded Chez Panisse Restaurant in 1971 with the philosophy that the best-tasting food is organically and locally grown.
We stopped at Soul Food Farm to buy fresh eggs and support the local farmers. They have seven different breeds of laying hens that commingle on the farm in Vacaville. The chickens have a good life, they roam acres of beautiful pasture every day, foraging for bugs and laying eggs.
I decided to take photos and paint chickens. The color of the hens are variations of earth tones, browns, rust, oranges and black. Above is a painting of one of the hens, strutting around the field.