It would appear that spring may finally have sprung! This watercolour is of two Black Rock hens – I often paint them but never get tired of the beautiful shimmering colours you see in their ‘black’ feathers. These lucky hens live an idyllic life in the fields next to our house. Fortunately, their owner doesn’t like eggs (!) so you can buy them very cheaply from an honesty box. The eggs, like those from my Mum’s flock, are a deep, vivid orange in colour, due to their varied diet.
If you keep hens, you soon realise they are far from the stupid creatures of stereotype; they have as much individual character as any other creature, and can be surprisingly intelligent. Which makes the fact that in the UK, battery farming is still legal and prevalent, even more shocking.