Some Chicken Scratch
when my rabbit chase runs a fowl
Chickens are really quite beautiful, but I find draw them challenging. My eyes are entranced by their detailed feathers and the distinct patterns they make, but I don’t have the patience to capture their beauty realistically. If I draw them from life or on video (which is as close to life as we get these pandemic days), then I get a pass from that self-induced pressure. I’m hoping to squeeze in a live video drawing sessions hosted by Elephant in the Room this week which will feature fancy fowl. Want to join me?
My favorite chicken from childhood is the Tic Tac Toe Chicken from the Chinatown Fair arcade on Mott Street in New York City. Yes, you could play Tic Tac Toe against the chicken, but she was hard to beat. A little internet research reveals that the last one in Chinatown was bought by an animal rights activist who placed it in a rescue home back in the late 90s. Even today, a few chickens are trained to play Tic Tac Toe for placement into casinos. There’s a labor story in there for me somewhere.