Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. Double-stitched seams provide added durability. The selected image is printed on both sides. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water.
A colorful weekender tote bag will help you stand out from the crowd for a day out on a weekend getaway. Tote bags are crafted with soft, spun poly-poplin fabric for comfort, but are also double-stitched seams for durability. The cotton handles are 1" thick and are perfect for carrying the bag over your shoulder or in your hand. A must-have accessory for the summer, Talyas paintings provide a unique artistic touch for high-end creative tastes.
Original watercolor rooster painting by contemporary impressionist artist Talya Johnson.
Behind the Canvas
I don't have particularly steady hands, or very good eyesight, thus I prefer oil painting as it is more forgiving. So I'm not exactly sure why I chose to paint our family's favorite king-of-the-roost, Speedy Gonzalez, with this difficult medium. I was rather pleased with the end result.
I started raising chickens specifically for painting. That's right. For painting. Chickens, and particularly the cocky roosters, have luminescent colors rarely seen in the natural world, excellent for my personal regard of color.
We started with four chicks who were supposed to be cockerels. Sunny, our matriarch, turned out to be a hen (obviously). But we had so much fun raising these beasts that the next year we ordered more...hens this time. Young Gonzalez, a Brown Leghorn, was thrown in as an extra to keep the pullets warm as day-olds from the hatchery.
Gonzalez's claim to fame (other than his speediness) was his proud tail. He was a fierce protector of his flock and we so enjoyed watching him guard the fat hens while they free ranged in our yard. Gonzalez passed away bravely in the line of duty. RIP
The image of this stalwart rooster fine art painting is available as canvas prints for home decor, or art prints in a frame, to brighten up an office wall.