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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three French Hens ~ A Creative Tuesday Entry

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Three is the theme at Creative Tuesdays this time. The number three is no stranger to me. :) Things break in threes at our house. We give birth to babies, three at a time! Even our house number starts with a three! With the holidays about to start, I thought I'd give a try at drawing the Three French Hens from The Twelve Days of Christmas. And it was a really easy way to get a bird in the sketch at the same time! :) Last entry I figured out how to make pine cones look realistic and they were so much fun I had to make sure I included them in this entry, too. It's all in the shading, isn't it?

Black and red ink with colored pencils.

The three theme is due Tuesday, November 22.

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54 comments:

  1. nice link to the 12 days...and nice sketch...yep i know those threes around the house as well...the boys broke the couch today so hope it ends at that...

    i was able to do some carpentry and fix but ugh...

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  2. Love these hens...they look so regal. And you have such detail on their feathers and eyes.

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  3. They look all regal too
    Another great pic from you
    Pinecones look realistic like you wanted
    So strat you can't be taunted..haha
    Gave the cat an idea too
    The twelve days of christmas might get a whole new rhyming redue..haha

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  4. ha Brian...our boys have broken our couch before, too. And Taylor has a friend called "Big Mike" who sat on it and broke it. Let's just say his name fits him well. lol....

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  5. Pat ~ haha speechless with the teasing?
    I'm marking this day down for remembering.

    You'd probably like to know the baby kittens are on the porch to eat and get out of the rain. The one that looks like Mustache ate from my hand. So you see, they think I'm a dear...never fear. ha.

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  6. I love them betsy like all your works look amazing!! :)

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  7. YIKES!!!!!!! Oh Betsy, for some reason I had in my mind this theme was due in December.....


    Your French Hens are so absolutely amazing. Love the details and brilliant colors...

    I must get my inspiration cap on this afternoon and get busy...Let's see...three, three, three......The three little pigs....hahaha

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  8. This is fantastic! Great job.

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  9. Gloria ~ thank you! I did like this one myself. Maybe it should be my Christmas card!

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  10. Wanda ~ three little pigs would be adorable! :)

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  11. Lady ~ exactly! :) I might at least have to draw than one, too!

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  12. Love the red on the faces. Nice details in the feathers.

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  13. well done, I love this, sound slike three maybe your lucky number!

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  14. WOW!!!! Wow!! That could be a really lovely christmas card design! Oh it's lovely!! Yay!! Take care
    x

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  15. Had to smile at this one, adorable take on the theme! Great detail and nice colour!

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  16. Thanks, Christine! I was happy I actually got some kind of expression on their faces. ha.

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  17. Great job, Betsy!! yes, the shading is the key. Tricky. But, the key! LOL! Looks like you have the key in hand. blessings ~ tanna

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  18. THREE Cheers for you, Betsy!

    Hummmm...it's all about shading?

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  19. Very good, Betsy! I love how they are all looking at me. But the tallest, dark french hen seems to have an amusing haughtiness to him and is asking me, "What do YOU want for Christmas?"
    (Are French hens good egg layers?
    : ) ha ha) Cindy

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  20. Tanna ~ yes, it is! I'm amazed at how flat the drawing looks until I start the shading (shadowing maybe, Christine?) process and then it comes to life so much more. The beaks and pinecones, especially on this one.

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  21. Cindy ~ haha...They better be good layers, or they will turn into chicken and dumplings! :)

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  22. This is a delightful drawing, Betsy! You captured the perfect look for the three French hens.

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  23. Beautiful drawing dear Betsy.;) You should start designing cards and sell them, you have got talent.;)
    xoxo

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  24. I like those Three French Hens and the cones, I am also thinking those are some Holly leaves but not sure. Thank you for explaining about the red and black being in ink because on my screen they look almost metallic which gives the picture a really cool effect.

    Lots of "threes" going on in your house and the only "three" thing I have ever heard of is that death comes in three's and I am not sure why but it always seems to happen. I hate when I hear about the first one. Scary, scary thing.

    God bless.

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  25. Mrs. U ~ I've heard about the deaths come in three theory, too. I've seen it in celebrities mainly. Fortunately, haven't experienced in in people I know!

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  26. What a clever way to incorporate three of something into your sketch AND keep it christmassey AND even include birds! :) fun. Very festive indeed,Betsy. thank you. I like too how each hen is a different plumage.

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  27. You should have included a bit of blue with the red and white to prove they're FRENCH! Seriously , that's a great sketch. Nicely Christmassy too. You are clever.

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  28. jenny ~ some blue berets perhaps? :)

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  29. So very realistic...awesome!
    Bet you are having a busy week...enjoy!

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  30. Love the drawing of the Three French Hens.

    Three is a great number:

    The Trinity
    Three Kings
    Three Cheers
    etc.

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  31. Three whishes:) Betsy you ask three whishes ?? here to birthday all ask three whishes, :)

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  32. Gloria ~ three wishes...now that would be great! :)

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  33. Betsy we always ask three whishes for Birthdays, when we eat the fist peaches or apricots, or cherries (lol )I dont know why but is funny!:)

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  34. Gloria ~ that isn't fair! We only get one wish and only if we blow out all the candles!

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  35. I made pizza for dinner too!:)

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  36. Gloria ~ Pizza, too? Oh, how nice! Yum.

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  37. Amazing. As usual. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your men!

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  38. It's interesting how that number has so much significance to your life :)

    Great painting... cheers...

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  39. A wonderful piece and a fabulous take on THREE! It's so beautiful and would make a great card... Maybe you could do the other 11 days too!

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  40. This is beautiful. It would make a great Christmas card! :-)

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  41. Aww, your hens look so festive and I love singing along to this song!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  42. What a great drawing! Love those hens - they're so well done. As are the pinecones - what's your secret? shading?

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  43. Great work Betsy. Great detail for sure. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Love the holidays and your blog is such fun.
    QMM

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  44. Three French hens...I love this! You always do something so wonderful for CT and never disappoint.

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  45. This is a lovely composition Betsy. Beautifully drawn and very eye catching.

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  46. oooh i love your pinecones! Also great take on the theme, you are so clever! I am getting in the Christmas mode!
    LOVE this one!!! can you do all the days of christmas...now that's an idea!
    xo

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  47. I love your hens and what a clever association for the theme :-) Fantastic!

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  48. Betsy, your drawings are just beautiful!.. Grandma would be so proud of YOU! Happy Thanksgiving! xo

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