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Fowl Foreign - Garth by ART-fromthe-HEART Fowl Foreign - Garth by ART-fromthe-HEART
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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

Fowl Emperor

Fowl Martyr

Fowl Forlorn
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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.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you very much, I do my best. :)
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:
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

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!
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. ;)
SecretlyaZombie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really lovely work and beautiful cockerel(:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thanks!
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
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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