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The fourth rooster in my rooster series has been completed, after much effort. First there was the “Fowl King”, the dictator; then the “Fowl Emperor”, the gentle ruler; and thirdly the “Fowl Martyr”, the fallen hero. Lastly is “Fowl Forlorn”, the outcast. This Buff Orphington rooster (named Buff) has had a rather eventful life. His story is like that of a novel, full of twists and turns that at first glance seem unlikely to happen.

His life started as most of our roosters did – he was the lone rooster in a bunch of hen chicks we bought. I was elated when we discovered we had another buff rooster. Previous to his arrival we had a very large, very docile rooster with the orange coloring that everyone and everything loved. He was the loving guardian of all the hens and other roosters and was well respected. His death of old age was saddening, but when Buff came I was happy to know that he would have a successor. As luck would have it, Buff had the gentle qualities I had hoped for. However, Big White (the Fowl King) wasn’t so enthusiastic. He turned his aggression on Buff and made him the whipping boy. Buff was so gentle and pudgy for a rooster that he not only couldn’t defend himself, but he couldn’t avoid his attackers. Buff’s demeanor became harsh and defensive. He wasn’t allowed a roost to sleep on, and he wasn’t allowed a hen to befriend. His large tail feathers weren’t allowed to grow either – when one would appear it would be brutally plucked. Even the Fowl Martyr, also feeling the wrath of the Fowl King, turned his anger on Buff. We couldn’t stop them, and we didn’t know what to do. Then came a horrible day. Buff had been beaten so severely that he was near death – he was bloody, weak, and refused to move. When we found him we immediately removed him from the aviary and placed him in a special cage in the barnyard we use for injured birds. We tended to his wounds and hoped the solitude would heal his broken soul. It worked. He grew strong and lively. To keep him from getting lonely we put a hen with him – a unique Star hen (they’re black with a star shaped cone and a red patch of feathers under their chin) that we named Betty. They fell in love. We couldn’t put Buff back into the aviary, and we couldn’t separate the lovers, so we let them roam free in the barnyard. After all, Buff was too fat to fly out! They enjoyed the grasses and free terrain to run in. The goats and llamas welcomed their company. Buff became the healthiest I had ever seen him – his tail grew out, he walked with a puffed up chest, he became gentle, and he crowed to his leisure because no one could stop him. Every night Buff and Betty would return to the healing enclosure and sleep in the dog house and roost that was there. They were inseparable. But tragedy struck. Betty was found dead one afternoon, attacked by something and left behind. We buried her, but Buff never saw her die…he looked for her day in and day out. He looked everywhere. We tried to tell him what happened, but he didn’t understand. We couldn’t show him her body and he became depressed. His only guess was that Betty was back in the aviary. So he paced and sat beside the aviary wire, looking inside for his love. I watched him dwindle from a happy, confident rooster to a sickly shadow in just a few weeks. We did what we could – we put food close to him so he would at least eat. He dared not leave the wire in case his Betty was there. Then we noticed him hiding. He had a ghastly wound on his thigh and flies were swarming him. We promptly cleaned him and gave him medicine, but it was too much. His weak and sickly body couldn’t handle the infection the mysterious wound gave him. He died with a broken heart on July 27, 2008, at 8:30 pm.

I’d rather not paint portraits of animals with such sad tales, but his story was one that begged to be told. Now Buff and Betty are together, forever. I thought that after this painting it was going to be last rooster I did, but things are not always sad. Recently we’ve discovered that in our new batch of 25 chicks there is another rooster – a buff rooster. We’ve named it He-she, because we think it’s a hermaphrodite. And so the buff orphington legacy continues.

“Fowl Forlorn” 16x20” acrylic on canvas. © Cara Bevan 2008

Time: 48 hours, 15 minutes
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:iconjerseydays:
Jerseydays Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
So wonderful... wonderful, wonderful!!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*sob*
His spirit is in this painting *sobsob*
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:happycry: :pat:
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
You know, my first thoughts seeing this in the thumbnail was how much personality, character, and life this little guy has in this picture. I often find pictures of chickens, and roosters in particular, to lack personality. Kind of the way a painting of a bug does. (you always hear someone say "you really got Ol' Buck's spirit captured" when looking at a dog portrait, but you never hear that with bugs, plants, chickens, etc. Perhaps because chickens rarely seem to have personalities to the average person). So anyway, when I read Buff's story I was even more intrigued. (and ahem...may have teared up a bit. Just a tiny bit.) This is officially the coolest portrait of a rooster, ever. A real glimpse into his life. Thanks for sharing!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:icondragonhugplz: Thank you so much! In realistic art it's really hard to capture that "soul" that really makes them speak. The artist (me included) gets so wrapped up in every little feather detail that sometimes the animal's character gets lost. I'm so glad you can get a glimpse of Buff from his portrait! He was really special to us, and I wanted to show his pride and sorrow at once. Not an easy feat, but atleast I got close. ^^; Thank you again! :hug:
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Chickenzaur Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It`s fantastic!!
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bcarroll Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Congratulations! This painting has been featured in :iconmasters-of-realism: Weekly Feature Vol. 8! :clap: See [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you!
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TomOliverArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This is amazing!
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MrNoxx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaa!:wow:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank yaaaaaaaaaaa! :D
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MrNoxx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:woohoo:
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Bluesilver84 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. Would love for you to join my group #DA-Art-Gallery
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Then I shall! :nod:
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
sad tail but a beautiful tribute to your roosters life I'm sure if he were human he would appreciate the effort
outstanding realism nice technique great light to boot well done
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you!
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riodream Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great painting! Being a rooster in the chinese zodiac, I appreciate it even more!

Dragan
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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Novawuff Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
you are /amazing/, and i am so totally jealous of your use of acrylics.. i used to want to be this good, then gave up and went to other mediums :P
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and so/are/you - that copic marker owl in your gallery makes me wanna crawl through the computer and see how you did it! Last time I tried markers (not too long ago), it looked like scribble. XD Everyone has their own talents, and I think we're both equally skilled, just with different mediums. :D
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Novawuff Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
awww thanks.. do agree that we're all better at different things. the copics were a brand new thing to me, and my fingers itch to play again, but they were my husband's christmas present and i'm not sure what the protocol is for how often you're allowed to borrow them before it becomes obvious you really just bought them so YOU could use them XD

annnyways. really well done acrylic birds will always impress me ^^
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Spiderflowerss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
This is really amazing. I am very impressed.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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Spiderflowerss Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
You are so welcome!
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aeshoun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting captured my eye and the story my heart! You have inspired me to tell the stories of my subjects in better detail. The way you write a story is just as interesting at the painting itself and the two go together so well. I'm adding you to my watch list so I can hear more. Maybe add me to yours so you can see me attempt to explain my art and subjects. Could be kinda funny!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: Thank you, I'm so glad it's inspired you! Thanks for the watch, I've watched you back because I'm both interested in hearing your stories AND I like your graphite art! Your horses are beautiful! :love:
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aeshoun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. I have been so busy working on commissions. (yay!) As soon as I get a break, I am going to sit down and start writing. When I do, constructive criticism is always welcome:) have a good week!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
YAY for you! Commissions are great fun. :D I look forward to seeing your new work and revised writing. :)
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Uralowa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh my god! 80 This is absolutely amazing, woah! The detail is STUNNING.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top submissions for November's themed week. Keep up the great work!

You can find the article here: [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconlachoirplz: Thank you so much! :hug:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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bierjaeger Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
great story albiet rather depressing. and of course a marvelous painting to go with it. bravo.
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jiu-yue-shi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I loved all of your Fowl Series paintings, but this one was by far the most powerful in my opinion.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Aww, thanks! Is it the story or the artwork itself that gets ya? ;)
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jiu-yue-shi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Both :) But I think the story enhances the artwork a lot. :nod:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad to hear that! :hug:
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seed-of-beauty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite beautiful. One can see the development in the work as the series progresses.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Hehe, I can see big changes between the first rooster "Fowl King" and the newest "Fowl Foreign: Garth". Always getting better! I still have another rooster to paint too! :hug:
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
such a handsome boy! I think he deserves a llama badge!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, chicken gets a llama :llama:
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
tee hee....:iconroosterplz:
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jentchart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Beautiful work of art. I love rooster too. They beautiful fowl.
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AnaSemSombra Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
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Featured here! [link]

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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH! :heart:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly realistic textures and colors. You just about expect him to move...
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LiquidAvocado Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Such an amazing artwork for a beautiful and tragic story. Isn't it great to see how animals can feel just like us? You captured him perfectly, i'm so glad i looked through your gallery. :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it's a sad story Buff has but it's worth telling. I still regret not catching his despression earlier and possibly saving his life. :tears: :hug:
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LiquidAvocado Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
It is possible, but I'm sure he appreciated you nevertheless. It's great that you had so much time together anyway, and were able to tell his story in your own way. =]
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