Paintings: Scrappy

5 x 7"
Acrylic on canvas board

Never give up, never surrender.

Con family member Heather has the most marvelously scrappy chicken. Scrappy is constantly terrorized by the other birds despite Heather's best efforts, to the point that Scrappy has no proverbial f**** left to give. He (we always end up referring to Scrappy as a 'he' in conversation for some reason) will watch the other birds pluck his feathers without blinking and has no fear of dogs or people or anything, really. Pictures reveal a balding bird with a confrontational gaze. Scrappy will not be broken.

Scrappy is Heather's favorite chicken, and our con family is equally enamored, adding to the Legend of Scrappy each time we meet. We envision him cruising the post-apocalyptic wasteland in a beater vehicle, with a barbed wire nest in the backseat and spiked eggs at the ready to take on marauders. There was even a debate as to whether the eggs would have spikes on the inside, the outside, or both--regardless, Scrappy could take it.

In short, I painted my first chicken, because how could I not?!

It would be remiss of me to not share "Scrappy" in its destined frame. I found this frame on a Goodwill run a month or so ago, and I've had Scrappy in mind for it the entire time. I knew I would eventually paint Heather's tattered chicken, and I wanted the most over-the-top, inappropriately fancy frame that I could find. At 2-3 lbs (not kidding--you could defend yourself with this thing), the frame probably weighs more than the real Scrappy!

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Artwork and text © Arden Ellen Nixon