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Hug A Chicken Day Painting

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Sunday, November 3, 2013, In : A Brush With Life 
Well, apparently November 5th is Hug-A-Chicken Day. Do we really need a day for that? I hug my chickens every day. My ladies bring to so much to my life. They provide me with humor, relaxation, inspiration and food every day, so I hug them every day. 
I told myself I'd do a painting for Hug-A-Chicken Day and take shots of it's progress to share with the rest of my chicken loving friends. When I saw this photo of an internet friend's daughter, I wanted to paint it. With her permission, of cours...
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In Memoriam, Brutus, Celestial Chicken

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Saturday, August 24, 2013, In : The Art of Painting 

Here’s the newest member of the Celestial Chickens Series and the first rooster to be so honored, Brutus. This painting is in memoriam, as Brutus, a six month old Mille Fleur Serama cockerel that belonged to KATHY SHEA MORMINO, THE CHICKEN CHICK® passed away suddenly this week. You can read more about Brutus here.

I love painting chickens. I love their feathers, their colors, their personalities. Where does the “Celestial” come from? I’m not sure exactly, but it started out as a jo...


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Recycling Our Happy Accidents

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Thursday, August 22, 2013, In : The Art of Painting 
Here is one of the most important items in my art classroom.
Yes, that's a trash can. Let me tell you something parents. You have to be able to let your kid make mistakes. You have to be able to allow your children the freedom of non-performance sometimes. When parents sign their kids up for art classes at The Drawing Room Studio, I try to explain to them that their child may not bring something home after every class. If a student does something they don't like, they can throw it away. If a s...

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Celestial Chicken Prints Available

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : The Art of Painting 
Most of my artwork is kind of personal, including lots of portraits and self-portraits so I've never thought much about doing prints. I can't imagine someone wanting a living room full of me's, or if there is such a person it's probably better that I NOT enable them. 
 
I have, however, received many requests for prints from the Celestial Chickens series. So if anyone is wanting a print, I've set it up with Fine Art America. You can go to their site, choose your image, choose your size and canv...

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The Sky Is Falling?

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Thursday, December 13, 2012, In : A Brush With Life 
You know the story of Chicken Little, and how, when an acorn hits him on the head, he decides the sky is falling and gets everyone all freaked out? Chickens really are like that. If one of my ladies decides that something is bothering her, she clucks and postures until the whole flock is freaking out, even if nothing is really happening. It's pretty funny to watch. Aren't you glad you're not a chicken?
 
Then again, it seems that the sky is always falling for someone, somewhere. There is always...
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Mother and Child

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : The Art of Painting 
With my love for Pre-Renaissance religious art feed by my recent trip to the LACMA and The Getty which both featured 100's of delicious icons, altar pieces, and illuminated manuscripts, you know that the inevitable result would be similar pieces. Of course, most of my pieces feature chickens. I'm not trying to be sacrilegious or anything. I just really like painting chickens. 

 
Here's my nod to the venerable subject matter of the Madonna and Child with a chicken lovers twist, "Mother and Child...

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Christmas Chickens

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Monday, December 3, 2012, In : The Art of Painting 
Here's a little painting from the Celestial Chickens series to help get you in the Christmas mood!

"Three Candy Canes"  by Kirsten Beitler   watercolor and gold leaf   12"X12"     



 

 
The Chicken Chick

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Halloween Is For The Birds

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, In : A Brush With Life 
I love dressing up. Maybe it's because I'm an introvert who wishes she was an extrovert, maybe it's because I'm an artist and love creating the costumes, maybe it's because my BFF was a drama freak who grew up to be a costume designer, who knows. Who knows?
  Making the costumes is probably my favorite part. It's gotten even more fun for me since I married a someone who is a straight-laced, by the numbers kind of guy all year round, but on Halloween if I say, "Your costume involves tights", he...
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Newest Chicken Painting

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, In : The Art of Painting 
Here's my latest Celestial Chicken. She's number six in the series. Isn't she a beauty?

 
 This is watercolor and silver leaf. 12 X 12"


 
The Chicken Chick

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Don't Be A Chicken! (When it comes to breast cancer)

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : A Brush With Life 
Have you noticed America is practically painting itself pink? That's right, it's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I don't need an presidential decree to help me pay attention this year. In fact, I'm considering all the hoopla one giant party for my mom, who just finished up a long ten months of treatment for breast cancer.
I've talked about my feelings for her and how brave she's been in an earlier post "What Makes A Woman" so I won't go in to that again. I'd really like to do a more se...
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What's Up With Your Thing About Chickens?

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : A Brush With Life 
Something I hear a lot, “Sooooo, what’s up with your thing about chickens?”

Hey, don’t get me started! A family pet that produces healthy food, provides relaxation, good work ethic, amusement, artistic inspiration and even affection. That’s my ladies, my chickens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...


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Painting My Chicken

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, In : The Art of Painting 
I thought ya'll might like to see a bit of the "process" that goes in to my painting. Those are snarky air quotes because it's honestly nothing spectacular. I don't have a lot of great theory to back up my work, nor do I take it too seriously,maybe I'd be a better artist if I did. Who knows.
One of my hens died so I thought I'd add her to my Celestial Chickens series. The Celestial Chickens are just fun to paint. It's not a portrait of a person, so the stress of a true likeness is gone and chi...

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The Studio Tour

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : The Art of Painting 

 
                                                    
 
So it took me about 2 weeks to spiff up the studio for this tour. I tend to be a bit of a hoarder and messy when in the midst of a project. I went through stacks of papers, stowed things in closets and placed my junk on shelves in artistic arrangements. I vacuumed eraser dust, charcoal, gold leaf flakes and spider webs out from behind the desk, scrubbed the floor and the baseboards.The bathroom in the studio is the only place in our house ...
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Christmas Chicken

Posted by Kirsten Beitler on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : The Art of Painting 
Here's the latest from my celestial chickens series, Three Candy Canes.  Watercolor, acrylic, gold pigment and gold leaf on 150 lb cold press watercolor paper.         Merry Christmas!



 





 

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