Chicken and Fox Story

After realizing that the Fox got Meg and Toots this morning, I went to my studio and this is what came out.  The words around the edge come from Jon’s poem So Long Meg.


24 thoughts on “Chicken and Fox Story

  1. Oh Maria! I was SO sad to hear about Meg and Toots!! I actually cried about two chickens I never met. I felt like I knew them though through Jon’s writing. If you make any of these to sell I would be honored to purchase one to remember Meg and Toots by!

  2. just when I thought it couldn’t get anymore poignant, profound and sad (in a circle of life kind of way)….comes this. ya’ll really live at the center of the universe.

  3. Pretty amazing Maria. What a story that fabric holds. I would also like to say that I think this is one of your best told stories. Don’t know if it’s because I have been a follower of both you & Jon for many years now. When I enlarge the photo’s and just sat back & looked at them ,it was amazing at all the little adventures how so many stories came back to me , it went on for half hour or more. Then I realized that something wonderful came from this saddened from your heart & hands. Great Job…..Really Great Job !

  4. OMG. Amazing!This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen! Maybe because I’ve followed the story of the chickens and donkeys (and love to tell it to others) this streaming piece has so much meaning in it. My first thougth was that you must not sell this. It’s your and Jon’s story. (unless of course you will sell it to me. 🙂 )

    I’m saddened by the loss of Toots and Meg. They were lucky to have spent their short time on earth on your farm.


  5. Maria, this might be your BEST piece yet! You’ve filled it all over with meaning. You might need to keeep it for yourself. How do you feel about that? I seldom sell my pieces because they have too much meaning to ME!Makes for a “starving artist!”

    1. Actually Joan, I love to sell my work. I just don’t usually like to keep it around, it all piles up and then I’m just storing it. I’d rather it be out in the world, being a part of peoples lives. I most want my work to connect to people and I can’t do that as well by keeping it myself. I guess I’ve never been one to hold on to things.

  6. I’m sorry to hear that the fox got your chickens, Maria. I have loved reading about Meg, Toots, and Fran and seeing Jon’s wonderful photos. You guys have inspired me to add three chickens here at the ranch, Barnevelders that will be coming home early next week. Predators are abundant here, too, and that is always the challenge with poultry. Still, in my mind, the adventure — and those lovely fresh eggs — outweighs the many risks. Your streaming tribute is amazing and so are you. I hope some other chickens will be lucky enough to call Bedlam Farm home in the future.

  7. maria…i am sorry for your loss, yet i rejoice in the wonderful life you gave those chickens. blessings to you and yours.

  8. I was so sad to hear about Meg and Toots. From your husband’s posts I getter sense of your deep connection with all animals and probably can only imagine how you feel. I am so sorry you havetofeel this sadness

  9. Oh your poor lovely chickens!!! What a sweet brief life they had though. How wise of you to channel the loss to a streaming piece. xo

  10. Maria: I am so sorry for the loss of Meg and Toots. You guys are an inspiration. We lost my small son’s favorite hen to a fox once and it was heartbreaking for all of us; it was an important life lesson, too, about the farm life. Hugs to everybody at BF! Love, Robin

  11. What a loving and beautiful tribute to Meg and Toot. It’s still a peacable kingdom and it comes through with poignancy in this lovely piece.

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