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A Perfect Farmhouse Statement
Custom framed by
The Art Loft Gallery, Ltd.
"Ruler of the Roost" at The Art Loft Gallery, LTD .
Ruler of the Roost
Giclée on paper
issued in 2016
A scene from yesteryear,
What is that chicken doing here? . . .
Struttin 'round in his domain,
"Guard on duty!" his mighty claim . . .
Do we dare look inside?
Observe his mighty avian pride? . . .
Of course we must take it all in,
Feel the warmth of that rustic cabin . . .
Respect, as he banties about,
Indeed a ruler with unfettered clout!
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"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." ~ Douglas MacArthur
Let's take a closer look at Pat's "Ruler of the Roost" . . .
The rooster is quite a creature. He's awake at the crack of dawn and ready to meet his day. Roosters are important symbolically in many cultures. They are considered to bring good luck and prosperity. In art a rooster symbolizes dignity, nobility, courage, reliability and generosity. Roosters guard their flock and sound the alert when danger is present.
In China the rooster represents five virtues. The comb, an important trait of strength and health that hens look for in selecting a mate, conveys the look of a leader. The spur is symbolic of bravery and military courage. The spur never stops growing. A rooster shares its food with the hens and represents the virtues of sharing and kindness. A rooster can be counted on to announce the light of day everyday, which symbolizes trust. Roosters are never killed in China.
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In Christianity the rooster symbolized light and resurrection. Jesus' reference to Peter that he would deny him three times before the rooster crows. Because this led to St. Peter's repentance which led to his becoming the first Pope, the symbolism of the cockerel was deemed by Pope Gregory I (AD 590-604) to be a suitable Christian emblem. This is why some churches began using roosters as "weather-cocks" in the designs of weather vanes. Pope Nicholas I (AD 858-867) decreed the badge of the cockerel should be displayed on all churches.
As with Christ, the rooster symbolizes the light that follows the darkness of night and the supremacy of spirit over matter. Roosters are the messengers between heaven and earth and when they fly, they are released from their earthly bounds.
"Many of us who aren't farmers or gardeners still have some element of farm nostalgia in our family past, real or imagined: a secret longing for some connection to a life where a rooster crows in the yard."
~ Barbara Kingsolver
Cabins have an interesting path of symbolism in America. Originally cabins were considered rude and miserable. Even Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to his grandson dated September 25, 1780, "You see everywhere there are two sorts of people. One sort who are well dress'd and live comfortably in good houses, . . . "and those who are poor, and dirty, and ragged and ignorant, and vicious and live in miserable cabins . . ."
After the War of 1812, cabins gained great respect. It was the second defeat of the British and Americans were feeling good about themselves and their new personna. Cabins were rustic, strong and being built across the new nation.
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Suddenly respected as strong with a pioneer spirit, cabins are warm, friendly, and inviting and have been changed from a poor man's hovel to an endearing American icon.
With that kind of inspiration, it was time to start framing.
I began by allowing the negative white space of the print's surround to show, adding to the 3D affect. Then I chose an inner mat of dusty earth to enhance the earth tones present in the hewn log highlights as well as the sandstone foundation. This color also picks up on the background of the mountain scene.
The outer mat is a rustic oxide that brings out the color of the rooster and the golden sun ray that glistens off the west wall of the cabin. I chose a "sawtooth" corner cut to not only direct the eye toward the scene, but also to mimic the cuts a saw would make on wood.
The finishing touch is a rustic wood frame. It looks like rough sawn log-notched planks perfect to compliment the log cabin. The rope embellishments follow the angles of the roofline, the porch posts, and the lines of the logs for a perfect path of focus directing the eye to the image.
Close-up of mat and frame detail.
Once again P Buckley Moss has charmed our senses with the bold "Ruler of the Roost" for perfect rustic statement.
The framed size is approximately
8 inches x 10 inches
print #20 of 250 ltd. edition
Price as Framed ~ $180
"Ruler of the Roost" and Jeanne's Originals handmade
sequin farmhouse rooster ornaments.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I don't know; but these handmade farm fresh ornaments will give a special touch to your home décor. Whether you enjoy old-fashioned farmhouse or a more traditional look, each one is sure to add a perfect accent.
Rooster #1 Back
Rooster #1 Front
Rooster #1 is a colorful fellow. His egg is iredescent ivory and he boasts handpainted features. Tiny dots adorn his neck and a colorful tail of green, gold and teal make him a fancy one. He wears his heart on his wing, as well as on the back side of the egg with a Jeanne's Originals tag and golden 'Made with Love' heart charm; so no matter the angle, he's always quite the showman!
Rooster #2 Front
Rooster #2 Back
Rooster #2 is a gold star, it's true. He's red with hand-painted streaks of gold in his black tail and along his black feathery neck. He has a gold star on his wing and on his backside with a Jeanne's Originals tag and rustic 'Made with Love' heart charm.The egg is a shimmery gold luster sequin with gold beads, so he'll surely bring good luck and prosperity.
Rooster #2 close-up
Rooster #3 Front
Rooster #3 a golden boy, too. His neck has hand-painted gold and copper highlights on textured feathers while his body features a classic black and white checkerboard design. He boasts a gold-studded star on the back with a Jeanne's Originals tag and golden 'Made with Love' heart charm. The egg shell is has white satin sequin finish with a matte white bead. This is one classic rooster to adorn your roost!
Rooster #3 Back
Rooster #3 close-up
Rooster #4 Front
Rooster #4 Back
Rooster #4 is quite a guy. His body is dark yellow with fancy swirls of feathery scrolls on his neck and wing. Dots of copper bronze have been hand-painted on his fancy tail. He has a bold red heart surrounded with red gold sequins on his back side with a Jeanne's Originals tag and antique brass finish 'Made with Love' heart charm. The egg shell has a shimmery brown luster sequin and brown iris beads. He's a fancy farmhouse dandy!
Rooster #4 close-up
Handmade beaded/sequin farmhouse Rooster eggs priced $12 each.
See our one-of-a-kind beaded sequin ornaments . . .