This is a 4 x 4 inch (approx 10 x 10 cm.) acrylic miniature painting that won its class at the Tennessee State Fair last year. The rules for what qualifies as a miniature, are very strict. Basically the image must be only 1/6th (or less) the size of the real life subject. If I did a 4 x 4 painting of a lemon, it would be a small painting but not qualify as a true 'miniature'. There are whole societies dedicated solely to the promotion of Miniature Art. Painting gets more difficult the smaller you get because each hair width of paint makes a big difference. The really great miniature painters do things the size of a postage stamp. The size of these roosters is small enough for me.
I really like painting bantam roosters in any size, because you can use such fabulous gem tone colours. I took the photos at my friends' 'farm' and worked from a variety to come up with this idea. My friend's farm consists of 2 hens, 3 roosters, 2 dogs, 2 cats, a pondful of Koi, and a weird miniature frog who has no personality whatsoever…on 86 acres. I always call it 'the farm' just to tease them!
For those of you who don't know about the Politics of Poultry, I need to explain the funny thing about the name of this painting,
Roosters hate each other and will fight at the drop of a hat. A Daddy Rooster does not have any warm feelings towards his sons and doesn't recognize the relationship anyway.
That's just the way it is.