This is a wonderful folky watercolor painting of a nesting hen that has been done on newspaper. The painted background is pale rust and the hen is in shades of brown with a yellow beak. She is sitting on a sky blue nest that has yellow bits of straw sticking out all over and a bed of yellow straw underneath. The newspaper is backed by an artist’s canvas board that has the name of the artist and the framer written on it with black marker.
The frame is made from knotty pine and has two inlays of narrow charcoal colored wood. The corners are splined with the same narrow strips of wood. The frame is 1 ½ inches in width. It measures 15 ½ inches long by 13 ¼ inches tall. There is a black mat that is cut to the white back and shows about 3/8 inch around the edges of the painting. The visual size of the painting is 12 inches long by 9 inches tall.
This is the first painting on newspaper we’ve had. The art's in great condition; the frame has a piece of the narrow charcoal strip missing at the upper right corner. It’s about ½ inch long and the area could be filled in with a bit of paint; as it is, it’s not objectionable and doesn’t detract from the painting. The painting itself is ever so slightly rippled but very tight in the frame.
Like all good folk art, this painting could nestle happily into a country interior or a modernist one.