Monday, May 11, 2009
Two For Supper
Chickens are opportunists and not real picky about what they eat. Horse feed, cattle feed, dog food and seeds that fall from the bird feeders. All are fair game and they seem to know the schedule of all the other animals getting fed.
The chickens in my paintings are not ours - they are free roaming "town" birds and are generally considered to be owned by Cecil Rasberry. When I need a chicken picture, I hop into my truck, drive to town (about a mile and a half), cruise slowly through Morgan Mill (takes about 5 seconds) and just look for chickens - they are everywhere. At any given point in time, there are probably 3 roosters, each in charge of a variable number of hens. Two weeks ago I saw 2 hens shepherding a dozen chicks each and I may paint them soon, too.
Easy Update: Bad news and Good News
First the Bad news: Easy did not pass his vet check.
Good News: He is back home with us and he is NOT seriously hurt. In fact, his X-rays show nothing. But during the flex and walk off check done by 2 vets, he is slightly gimpy on his left hind leg. Jennifer understandably did not want to pursue the reason for his tenderness - which may or may not be correctable and could be very expensive to track down. Easy has never taken a bad step with me, but I have never ridden him hard, either. But being an ex-racehorse, we do know that those hocks and pasterns were put under great stress during training and racing, so there could be some damage in there. But for now he is OK, and I have decided not to ever sell him and give him the comfortable loving home he deserves for the rest of his life.
So those of you following this blog will be seeing plenty more of him and PJ and Dandy in my paintings - and maybe I'll even teach him to lie down so I can still get on him when I'm old and too feeble to mount from the ground! Could happen - I've seen it done!
In case you're wondering, that cute buckskin paint in the background is just visiting.
1 John 5:2
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.