The Work of Ethan Millward!

On Saturday my son finished his Mammoth painting and asked me if I would feature his work on my blog today.  He was pretty proud of it.  This first painting of his is of our chicken Penny.  I love his chicken paintings,  he painted 3 of our 5 backyard chickens.  This kid can draw waaaaaaaay better than I could dream of.  And to think that back in kindergarten we had a silly meeting to determine what we were going to do about his fine motor skills because he couldn’t hold a pencil correctly.IMG_5146-2

And here we have the mammoth scene that he loves.  I love to watch him work, he doesn’t use any reference photos.  Everything comes right out of his head.

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Here he is in the studio.  This cool dude will turn 16 later this month.

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Another chicken.  This one is named “Fluffy Buffy Cute Cute Eowyn Millward.”  Can you guess who named it?  Not Ethan.

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This one is Ethan’s chicken, he named it Henny.  Our chickens are named:  Hennifer, Pennifer, Jennifer, Chipmunk, and Fluffy Buffy.  They are a lot of fun and VERY silly.IMG_5147

Here’s Ethan’s Peregrine Falcon.  Ethan is something of a naturalist.  He’s an expert on many types of animals.

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Ethan has been in love with dinosaurs for as long as I can remember.  He has drawn them from all perspectives.  I like the close up dino that looks like it’s looking at you.FullSizeRender-104

For a while he was working on doing illustrations for a book about frogs.  He has done several frog paintings.  This one’s my favorite.

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Ethan is building up his portfolio of drawings, cartoons, and acrylic paintings.  His dream is to attend The Art Center in Pasadena.  GO get em Ethan.

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29 thoughts on “The Work of Ethan Millward!

  1. Excellent. I love them chickens! Looks like buffs and barred plymouth rocks and what not. They look like mine! That mammoth is very cool as well. Good job kid!

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      1. I have 2 buffs, 1 barred and 5 americaunas. Yup. Mull of personality and lots of fun. I giggle when I see vegetarian eggs at the store cuz my chickens like mice, lizards, bugs…frogs. Certainly not vegetarian.

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  2. Whaaaaaaat! His work is fantastic Jill, you must be so proud! I can’t get over it, especially since he doesn’t use a reference photo. I really wanted to write this whole comment in caps as I’m SO IMPRESSED!

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  3. Backyard chicken art is my favorite! It does in fact look like he has sharpened his motor skills, making the fabulous connection with his creativity and his hand. This is a really sweet post, and you must be pretty proud of him.

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  4. Awesome! Creativity being a weapon to pave way for art. Your son is super talented. Not using reference photos, just outta his head comes BOOOOOOOOOMMMMM his imagination! Smart work kid. God bless

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  5. Jill…..so neat that your son is carrying on the “creative torch”! I can’t get over that eye on the first chicken and the pose is so expressive. Imaginative painting without a reference is very difficult and he managed to do Mammoths! what a mammoth talent 🙂

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    1. I love that chicken too. She looks so proud. Thank you! He wrote an illustrated book in First Grade called “No Dinos” and it blew us all away. It was a post dino prehistoric animal counting book. I will have to dig it up. His teacher encouraged us to publish it…but life was so so busy back then.

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