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Kuku

by Simon Bland / Apr 15, 2015 / Animal Chicken Painting Portrait

Kuku is the Swahili word for chicken

Kuku. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2015

This is one of those paintings that was stuck in my head and had to get out.  The main idea behind the orange background was to do a painting that would complement the blue green in Portrait of 817.  Although I didn't set out to have the orange so dominant, when I left parts of the background unpainted those areas competed with the bird for attention.

More time was spent on edges than anything else. Breaking with realism and abstracting the edges in a few places helped make the portrait more interesting.