I decide on the placement of the chicken in the middle ground, and the crabapples in the foreground. I sketch lightly with a soft pencil. Then I paint a very pale wash of yellow ocher over the sketch.
There's a lot going on around the year at Dandelion Cottage. The gardens are ever changing, as is the beautiful New England scenery. And, of course there are the chickens... It's a painter's paradise.