Tuesday, June 4, 2013

King of the compost pile

A few months ago, in mid-March, I took this photo of our white rooster on top the compost pile.

Well, the neatest thing happened. A regional artist by the name of Andy Sewell saw the photo and asked permission to paint it. I sent him the high-resolution version, and this morning he sent back this!

This is just too cool for words!!!!

I've been an admirer of Mr. Sewell's work since 2003 and we moved to Idaho, when I first saw his landscapes. I'm honored beyond belief that he chose to use one of my photos to paint.

He named the painting "King of the Mountain." The rooster is actually king of the compost pile, but that's not nearly as catchy a title. It did, however, inspire a name for this formerly-nameless rooster: King.

Mr. Sewell is selling prints of the painting here, or even the original if you're interested.


  1. Glad to paint that gorgeous rooster. I'm always on the lookout for something beautiful to paint!

  2. What more could a rooster ask? First, a really neat compost pile for scratching around in and now immortality.

    Is this a great country or what?


  3. That is just nifty. This gives me an opportunity to tell you how much I love your photos and the wonderful "photo narrations" you do on your site.

    You have a real gift for not just taking excellent photos, but also in your narration and how you cleverly juxtapose them with your written voice. I often feel like I'm riding in your car with you as you point out things to me or are standing next to you in the kitchen with a cup of coffee while you are cooking.

    I don't know if you've ever considered yourself an artist, but I do. (I am one and I recognize "it" when I see it) Mr. Sewell also recognized it. You inspired an artist. How cool is that?

  4. Wonderful painting, talented artist and handsome rooster all rolled into one.

  5. I'm not an artist like Anon, but I do see your photos as art. Anon is correct in that you have a gift for it. I've told you before, and I'm saying it again. You take great photographs! Have you thought of putting a collection together and publishing it? I'm sure many of us would buy, myself included.

    Congratulations Patrice!

  6. Totally too cool for words...but you managed to find some pretty good ones anyway.

    I'm an artist, also .... (I don't like calling myself that. It sounds self serving. I feel the term "artist" is a value judgment that the viewer gets to make, not me.)

    Anyway, I love the painting! Outstanding work. Full of authority and confidence, not only by the artist, but evident in the subject as well!

    Just Me

  7. Mr.Sewell has a delightful and confidant style.He's captured the essence of that "dung hill fowl" for sure!

  8. That is really a great compliment and he did such an excellent job with the painting! I've been pining for one of Andy's paintings, and this may just be the one I decide to put on my wish list. :)

    I agree that you take great photos, and I, too, would love to see you publish some of them in a collection!

  9. It truly is something to crow about (pun intended)! How neat for both you and the rooster. Thank you for sharing the painting by the talented Andy Sewell.


  10. I'm happy to say that I am the proud owner of the original painting pictured here! I admired it when I read your post, then mentioned to my husband how beautiful it was. He surprised me with it three days later - don't I have a great man? I absolutely love it and will be putting it on my wall just as soon as I can find the best place for it. Thank you, Patrice, for the photograph which started the whole thing.

    1. Squeeeee! That's SO great! I passed this on to the artist -- I'm sure he'll be tickled. Tell your husband he's wonderful.

      - Patrice