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Number five of the “Fowl Kingdom” rooster series is “Fowl Foreign: Garth”. Although this colorful rooster was never introduced into the hierarchy, he begged to be involved.

In August, 2008, my father happened upon something wriggling in a briar and wild rose patch across from our driveway. It was a rooster, trapped in the barbs. My mother caught him to find him malnourished, but very large, docile, and beautiful. It took many weeks to get him to a healthy weight when we noticed lameness to his left leg. The leg was stiff at the joint and couldn’t bend correctly. Still, the rooster we named Garth (after someone on a movie with a funny blonde hairdo) learned how to walk perfectly. Garth was the biggest and most beautiful rooster we’d ever seen! A large cone and waddle, giant feet and thick legs. His colors – what colors! He’s a mix of every color chicken we’ve ever seen! Red body, white wings and tail, buff and white head, with various other colors mixed in. He also has black specks on his tail and stripes on his neck. We were charmed by his gentle, kind demeanor and handsome appearance.

We contemplated putting him in the coop, but at that time there was a war going on. The other rooster rulers – Rosie the Fowl Emperor, Big White the Fowl King, and He-she the Fowl Tyrant – were fighting behind our backs. Because of Garth’s handicap, we built him a special pen in the coop so he could see everyone but not get in contact with them. It was a good decision. The aggressive He-she killed the other rulers, his rage fueled by the sight of the foreign Garth.

After He-she was jailed, Garth remained in his pen. We let hens visit him daily and it brightened his spirits. Early 2010 though, his leg condition worsened. The toes curled and the joint became stiff as a board. Garth could no longer stand and he lost weight, struggling to get around. We helped him by moving him from his dog house (he always preferred that as a bed over a roost) to his food and water. He would not be bested though, as Garth learned how to get around even with his disability! With less weight to hold him back, he flapped his wings to pull himself around the pen. He even got the strength to stand, but he couldn’t move without flopping over. We were amazed at his spunk – and we still are! This beautiful rescue continues to get around and enjoy visits from the hens. We help him often, but he’s a fighter we’re lucky to care for.

Unfortuneately, he lost the fight July 4th, 2010 due to natural causes. :(

“Fowl Foreign: Garth” 16x20” acrylic on canvas. © Cara Bevan 2010

Time: 43 hrs 5 min

Others in series:
Fowl King
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Fowl Emperor
[link]

Fowl Martyr
[link]

Fowl Forlorn
[link]
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topazlights Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
your art is very refined and well created. There sure is a good amount of talent here in all your art.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you very much, I do my best. :)
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
You know, maybe you're gonna laugh, maybe you're gonna get baffled, but this reminds me somehow of those medieval portraits of noblemen sitting straight with a martial and arrogant mien and dressed in rich clothes with puffed-up collars. :D

This rooster here sure looks like such a nobleman. ;) :giggle:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL that's so funny! And so true, I hadn't thought of that before. Roosters beat us in style by a long shot. Cause really, those high floofy european collar things are terrible. XD

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Hoshi-Ryu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
What a charming boy! His story reminds me of Cole, one of my own Roosters. He was the sweetest chicken, loved being around people. He was little, and the other two roosters picked on him. He out lived both though, and had 5 hens to keep him company for quite a while. He was quite the character.

The details and colors on this is simply stunning, wonderful work!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you! Cole sounds like he was a wonderful rooster! And ha, he outlived the bullies. Do you have pictures of him? I've been thinking of painting more rooster portraits...except I don't have any more roosters but one I haven't painted yet. ;)
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SecretlyaZombie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really lovely work and beautiful cockerel(:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thanks!
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emerald-song Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look at those feathers! He's got a beautiful plumage :aww: None of the former roosters I owned had this type of feather colors, but there was neighbor's rooster who came close. He was notorious for wandering around the neighborhood and he came to my chickens' area one day, got in the fenced yard, and beat up my poor two roosters. Funny thing was, he was small! My two roosters were huge and didn't even put up much of a fight :\ And don't get me started how hard of a time I had keeping the short-stuff bully rooster out because he kept coming back...what a pain in the butt >_<
Anyways I really like how incredibly detailed and realistic this is. It kinda captures the rooster's charm in a way :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you! I was so surprised at his beautiful colors too! I'd never seen, and haven't seen since, such a chicken with just about every color and pattern at once. And we found him by the side of the road. Lucky for us! ;)

LOL naughty rooster! I guess he wanted to steal your hens away from your docile roosters. Bad boy! ^^;
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aaaah, I don't find the right words!! How can I let you know, how unbelievably marvellous I find this painting?! Aaaahh....
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL your speechlessness says a lot. ;) Thank you! :icondragonhugplz:
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DavisTheSecond Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You have skill and the wisdom of hand - eye collective agreement, hold it close
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I shall :icondragonhugplz:
Thank you very much!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011   General Artist
great work :D
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mishkuu Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing talent!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Hi!
I hope you don't mind that I added your work to :iconourarea51: Group Favourites here [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't mind at all, thank you! :la:
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
It's our pleasure to fave such a beautiful work!
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
So many details! Great work!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible detail!
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I featured this wonderful artwork in my journal ;-) [link]
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werle3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Your work is very inspiring. The level of detail is incredible.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and I only hope to get better from here and share more interesting stories. :) :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Wow, this is amazing work! :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hut: Thanks!
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aixado Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
very beautiful work !!
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LauraGarabedian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Just stunning! I used to raise and show chickens so I love seeing them represented to beautifully. Thanks for sharing!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! If Garth would've been healthy I'm sure he'd have been a show winning rooster. He was so beautiful. :heart:
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LauraGarabedian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
He is certainly stunning in the painting. And you are quite welcome, it is a lovely piece.
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist
geez, that's perfect! :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you!
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist
my pleasure!! :)
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RJBaudouin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful, thats changes from all those "so tiny" cats :p
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RJBaudouin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... "so tiny" cats we can find all over the net. They invade us !
(Ahem where is the edit function ? ^^')
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tymol Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
very, very good work:)
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seed-of-beauty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is an amazing piece of work and obviously a labour of love, with all the detail on the feathers and wattles. The colours are very rich and vibrant, adding to the impact of the piece, and the use of a bright green behind the head adds a nice tension to the piece by the use of complementary colours. :clap:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thank you! :hug:
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otherdruid Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :o
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DupleSnowflake Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
An amazing painting and story! I love the details and highlights of the picture. And way to go, Garth! :)

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dannyfaria Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
amazing.. :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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dannyfaria Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student General Artist
:)
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Artographs Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Not only is your talent so superbly exhibited, Cara, but I really enjoy the stories behind the pictures. They give your art so much more meaning. Keep up the good fight.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The old saying goes "a picture is worth a thousands words", but it's not enough for me. :) The more dimension the better! :hug:
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously....you're killing me!!! This is so perfect. Wow.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you! I'm glad Garth gave me some good references before his leg gave out. He made for a beautiful portrait. :heart: :hug:
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LawnyJ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
that's amazing!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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