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from the ground up –

I don't talk too much about process because I assume people either can see exactly what I'm doing, or they don't care how I get there so long as the result is interesting. This is the first of Bob's chicken portraits, of the Blue Polish hen. I had to put a layer of black silk under the hand dyed gray because the reds were showing through. I also have to dye some thick thread gray, if I can't find it tomorrow at the basic fabric store. The edges of her feathers are a lovely dark smoke color, and I'm looking forward to delineating them.