This painting was done in response to a “challenge” to paint an egg. I don’t suppose I would have chosen this subject matter had it not been for the challenge. My painting was won in a contest by a man in Germany, who I hope enjoys it. As a boy, I joined the 4H for a year, and in that time, I raised about 30 chickens for my project. I chose Rhode Island Reds, and fell in love with the little things. And I learned that, amazingly, they laid brown shelled eggs! I’ve preferred brown shells ever since, yet I’ve heard there is no difference whatsoever between white shell and brown shell eggs. Still, it’s one indulgence I intend to keep until some nursing home puts a stop to it.