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The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« on: February 03, 2007, 12:08:59 pm »
First things first, the beginnings of website for an online portfolio is up and running: www.thechickenworks.com  As you can see, it's not up and running yet, but it should be soon. In the interim time, my premiere print will be depicting a Boeing 707 with special historical significance, the Braniff International 707-327C Operation Understanding "Peace on Earth" aircraft. Some preview images:


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The above image shows the whole print. There will be three sizes available- 12x16, 16x20, and 18x24 inches in size. Below are some links of close ups of the print:






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A good friend of mine was a tremendous help in researching the history of the Perot charters flown during the 1969 Christmas season to bring attention to the plight of American POWs in Vietnam. He has been meeting with the actual pilots, cabin crew, and maintenance personnel that were involved with the three Perot charters and without his help, this print would not have been possible.

This is a museum-quality archival print- it's printed on heavy stock paper similar in thickness to an index card and it's commercial grade "giclee" printing. These prints are not made at home, I had them made by a commercial printer and the samples I have had made are vibrant in color and very detailed.

Some common questions:

What the hell is a giclee print, anyway?

Giclee printing is a lot like hi-tech inkjet printing, but on a commercial grade that's archival and more robust in durability. Unlike your average home inkjet printer, commercial print machines that produce giclee prints usually have anywhere from 8-12 ink colors which allow a very high-fidelity of color reproduction. Using high-resolution digital scans, giclee printing can be done on paper, canvas, and a variety of other materials.

So these are computer illustrations?

Yes- I did this illustration in Adobe Illustrator, a vector-based graphics program that's pretty much the industry standard for graphics design. By creating the image digitally, it allows for future variations in the base image and being vector based, different sizes of print can be created without any visible pixelation. So whether you get the 12x16 inch print or the 18x24 inch print, the detail and quality will be the same.

How many of this print will you be making?

For now it's strictly on the basis of demand. As demand increases, I may switch over to a combination of open-edition prints and limited-edition prints.

Three sizes, huh? How about a custom size?

Since this is my first print, I am offering three sizes to see which one is the most popular. Some of my future plans will only have one size, maybe two, a few will have three. It's all very fluid now, but I have samples of all three sizes and there's not one size better than the other in terms of quality. To give you an idea of the size of each, here's a picture:



That's a pen on the left and a 1/400 scale 747-400 to give you an idea of scale. Your eye might have been drawn to what's quite obviously not Braniff 707s in this picture. Those are prints in development that depending on a variety of factors, may or may not make it out into general release. Stay tuned.

So what went into producing this print, anyway?

I take pride in the fact that these prints are meticulously researched and pre-nitpicked before production. The aforementioned friend of mine, Forrest Tohill, spent countless hours in the course of his own research on the Perot charters interviewing the flight and cabin crews, the maintenance folks, and others as well as poring over Braniff's corporate archives at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was very gracious in sharing his research work with me in ensuring the highest accuracy for this particular print.

The colors were probably the subject of an untold amount of research work on our part, reviewing photos, modeling resources, a mixed mass of other sources, and finally showing former Braniff employees a series of color swatches we came up with to see which came closest to their own recollections. As some of you know, no color swatches or paint chips survive to this day that anyone knows about so the exact color of each of Alexander Girard's 1965 "Jellybean" schemes has been subject to a considerable amount of interpretation over the last 30 years or so.



The above picture is me with Captain George Phillips. Of the three Braniff captains that flew the Perot charters in 1969, Captain Phillips is the only surviving one. He has had a tremendous career, beginning before the Second World War flying Lockheed twins for TWA when it was still called Transcontinental and Western Airlines. He then flew transports for the US Marine Corps in the Second World War and after the war, flew DC-3s for Trans-Texas Airways. He returned to flying for the Marines in Korea and following the Korean War flew in South America before joining Panagra as a DC-8 pilot and then ended up with Braniff, flying just about every plane in Braniff's fleet from the Convair twins to the DC-6s, DC-7s, Constellations and Electras to the 727s, 707s, DC-8s, to his retirement as a senior 747 captain. He even holds type ratings in the F9F Cougar and the F4U Corsair. He's a remarkable individual who has lived aviation history and it was a pleasure and honor to meet him.

As for the 707-320C itself, it was also the subject of countless hours of research to be sure every detail was as close as I could get it. I even enlisted the help of some other folks well-versed with the 707 family who nitpicked it to be sure it's as accurate as possible.


So show me the money! How much will this cost me?


It will depend upon the size you want-

12x16 inches - $30
16x20 inches - $40
18x24 inches - $60

For US addresses, shipping and handling will be $5, for Canada and international addresses, I will have to get you a shipping quote specific to your location. Each additional print above the first one is an extra $1 each.

How do I pay you?

Until I get the website up and running, the best way for now is to email me at jp@thechickenworks.com. Please include your first and last name in the subject line that way I can find you right away from all the emails I get on who wants this print. Let me know your address, which size print you're interested in, and you're preferred payment method. Right now since I am a lowly one-man operation I can only take PayPal, check, or money order.

If PayPal is how you want to pay, be sure to give me the email address I can send an invoice/PayPal request to. If you are paying by check or money order, I will give you the address to send it to.

How long will it take to get my print?

Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of your order. I order on demand from the printer and then personally inspect each print to be sure it's done correctly. I then add my signature in the lower right corner so you know you're getting the real deal and from there, I'll ship it out to you. If you're paying by check, I'm sure you'll understand if I make sure your check clears first!

Spill it, what are you future plans for future prints?

How much you got? There are three main subject areas that interest me- the first of course, are commercial jetliners. The second area is military aviation and third area is my real passion- the unbuilt aircraft designs from World War II to the present as well as prototype aircraft that never made it into production or in service.

In the short term, there will be a series of prints on the other Girard "Jellybean" colors of the 707-320C. There were nine different colors used across the fleet and I've been slowly reconstructing which tail number wore which color when in its service history with Braniff International. I will also have ready within the next six weeks or so my first "what-if" print which will be for an unbuilt fighter design in hypothetical in-service colors.  

For you whiff and military guys, I have as works-in-progress 9 unbuilt aircraft designs (7 military and 2 civilian), 2 prototypes (both military), and 4 military aircraft that did see active service.

For anyone in the North Texas area, I will have a vendor's table set up at the DFW Airline Collectibles show on April 14 at Sheraton Grand Hotel DFW Airport. Hotel is located at 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway, (Highway 114 & Esters Boulevard) Irving, Texas. I will have a series of different prints available for purchase as well as previews of some works in progress.  

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2007, 01:38:08 pm »
Wow Mr Chicken that's some fantastic work! If you ever do one in Allegheny Airlines livery, let me know as I'd get one right away!

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007, 03:57:38 pm »
Allegheny, huh? Hmmmm....that might fit in with what I have planned for the next three months or so, we'll see, Brian.

Thanks to all who ordered the premiere print. If anyone is interested in a limited edition all diecast 1/200 model of that particular 707, let me know. I can get you in touch with several folks.

Sometime in the next few weeks I'll be announcing my next set of print releases. There will be FOUR of them for the month of March, and two of them will be what-if prints!

Stay tuned!

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 07:54:54 pm »
You drop that ORANG C-130B (or anything else you're planning from OR or PA for that matter) that you have on your signature line and you have a buyer!

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007, 02:34:56 pm »
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Sometime in the next few weeks I'll be announcing my next set of print releases. There will be FOUR of them for the month of March, and two of them will be what-if prints!
 
There's been a bit of a delay in getting the next set of prints. Hopefully the issues can be resolved by week's end......stay tuned..........

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2007, 05:43:28 am »


Some close-up images (click on links):

http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im..._JBPY_tBIG2.jpg
 http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im..._JBPY_tBIG3.jpg
 http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im..._JBPY_tBIG1.jpg
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Braniff International Airways Boeing 707-327C (1969)
N7098, Panagra Yellow colors

Sizes available: 12x16, 16x20, and 18x24 inches

Next in a series of prints that will depict the colors of Braniff's long-range 707-320Cs, Panagra Yellow is one of two Alexander Girard "Jellybean" colors that N7098 wore during its career with Braniff International. Girard's orginal color palette for Braniff introduced in 1965 had only one yellow color referred to as Lemon Yellow. Following the acquisition in 1967 of Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra), two more colors were added to the palette, both being colors used in Panagra's livery. Panagra Green and Panagra Yellow were introduced. Many photos of the period as well as fleet lists have some variation as to which planes had the Lemon Yellow (sometimes called Light Yellow in some references) and which had Panagra Yellow. Based on a review of existing sources and photographs, I feel that N7098 wore Panagra Yellow and the color as depicted in this print is my best approximation of what was a darker yellow than the original Girard Lemon Yellow shade.





Some close-up images (click on links):

http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9_TTA_tBIG1.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9_TTA_tBIG2.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9_TTA_tBIG3.jpg
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Trans-Texas Airways (1966)
N1301T "Ship One"

Sizes available: 12x16, 16x20, and 18x24 inches

Text in the historical vignette at the bottom of the print:

"In September of 1966, Houston-based local service carrier Trans-Texas Airways took delivery of its first pure-jet, a Douglas DC-9-14. Having operated DC-3s and Convair CV-600 turboprops for years, the arrival of the DC-9 heralded a new chapter in the history of the airline which for years had the nickname "Tree Top Airways" in reference to the many small Texas communities it served. This particular aircraft, N1301T, was special to the airline as it was not only their first DC-9, but it also was "Ship One", the original DC-9 prototype that first flew in February of 1965. Within a year of the introduction of the DC-9, Trans-Texas would spread its wings as far east as Memphis and New Orleans, as far south as the Rio Grande Valley, and west to Albuquerque and El Paso."

 




Some close-up images (click on links):

http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...pro61_tBIG1.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...pro61_tBIG3.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...pro61_tBIG2.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...pro61_tBIG4.jpg
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North American F-108 Rapier (unbuilt)
Hypothetical prototype rollout colors, 1961

Sizes available: 16x20 inches only

The F-108 Rapier was the last fighter project to come from North American Aviation, the manufacturer of famous fighters like the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. In 1957 the US Air Force signed a contract with North American to design and build 2 prototypes of a high-speed, long-range interceptor designated the F-108. It was required to have Mach 3 performance and long range to attack Soviet bombers while they were still over the North Pole inbound to targets in the US and Canada. North American at the time was engaged in the XB-70 Valkyrie project and much of the Valkyrie's design and engineering work was used in the F-108 design- for instance, the same 30000 lb thrust J93 engines as the Valkyrie were used on the Rapier. It was hoped that having two projects using a lot of the same technology and engineering would lower costs for both programs.

The Rapier was two seat aircraft with a powerful radar and new Hughes GAR-9 missiles in an internal bay. She would have had a 1000 mile combat radius and operated at altitudes over 60,000 feet. Size-wise, the F-108 is similar in dimensions to the SR-71 Blackbird.

In 1959 the USAF began to have doubts about the Soviet bomber threat with the rise of ICBMs as the primary nuclear threat. The Rapier was in final mockup and design phase and North American was preparing to cut metal for the prototype when it was cancelled. The XB-70 programme wasn't outright cancelled, but it was scaled back at the same time.

All the work wasn't for nothing. The advanced radar system and missiles of the F-108 Rapier were subsequently applied to the interceptor version of the SR-71 Blackbird, the YF-12. The missiles were redesignated AIM-47. When the YF-12 got cancelled itself, the radar systems and missiles were then used on the Navy version of the F-111 which itself was also cancelled and the weapon system in modernized form ended up as the potent AWG-9 radar/AIM-54 Phoenix missile team on the F-14 Tomcat.

My print is based upon the 1958 mockup which was all-white in color so I extended that look to what the Rapier prototype might have looked like upon roll out.






Some close-up images (click on links):

http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im.../XB31_tBIG1.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im.../XB31_tBIG3.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im.../XB31_tBIG2.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im.../XB31_tBIG4.jpg
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Douglas XB-31 (Model 423)
Unbuilt competitor to the B-29 Superfortress

Sizes available: 16x20 inches only

If there was a program during the Second World War that pushed aeronautical progress the furthest, one of them would undoubtedly be the US Army Air Corps' "superbomber" specification calling for a heavy bomber with long range, speed, and ability to operate at high altitudes. The resulting aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress (and to an extent its lesser known back up, the Consolidated B-32 Dominator), represented a quantum leap over existing bomber technology of the day. The massive engineering effort by all the participating companies to meet the superbomber challenge planted the seeds of the postwar commercial aircraft industry in the United States. Bombers weren't the only aircraft that were being asked to fly higher, faster, farther, and with heavier loads. Those were goals essential to the success of the early jet airliners as well.

While Dougas's XB-31 didn't win the design competition, the work Douglas engineers did on the XB-31 not only found a home in the successful C-74 Globemaster and C-124 Globemaster II transports, but it also planted the seeds of Douglas' rise to prominence as a manufacturer of commercial airframes. So in a sense, you could almost argue an aircraft like the XB-31 is one of the ancestors of the famous Douglas jets that still ply today's skies.



So show me the money! How much will this cost me?


It will depend upon the size you want-

12x16 inches - $30
16x20 inches - $40
18x24 inches - $60

For US addresses, shipping and handling will be $5, for Canada and international addresses, I will have to get you a shipping quote specific to your location. Each additional print above the first one is an extra $1 each.

How do I pay you?

Until I get the website up and running, the best way for now is to email me at thechickenworks@gmail.com. Please include your first and last name in the subject line that way I can find you right away from all the emails I get on who wants this print. Let me know your address, which size print you're interested in, and you're preferred payment method. Right now since I am a lowly one-man operation I can only take PayPal, check, or money order.

Please note that the email address has changed from the last time! This is a temporary measure for now.

If PayPal is how you want to pay, be sure to give me the email address I can send an invoice/PayPal request to. If you are paying by check or money order, I will give you the address to send it to.

How long will it take to get my print?

Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of your order. I order on demand from the printer and then personally inspect each print to be sure it's done correctly. I then add my signature in the lower right corner so you know you're getting the real deal and from there, I'll ship it out to you. If you're paying by check, I'm sure you'll understand if I make sure your check clears first!

What about last month's print?

None of these are limited editions. So there's no missing out on past prints if you didn't get them than month. I will continue to offer past prints as long as I can keep this gig running! If you still want to order past prints, let me know.


The next set of prints (probably two, maybe more to choose from, we'll see) will be around mid-April! Stay tuned!
 

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2007, 08:15:26 am »
I love your Rapier.
Someone interested? http://hsfeatures.com/f108pb_1.htm
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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2007, 07:07:44 am »
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The next set of prints (probably two, maybe more to choose from, we'll see) will be around mid-April! Stay tuned!
I don't have preview images ready yet, but at the DFW Airliners Show last weekend I added three more prints to my portfolio of what's available:

Texas International DC-9-14- "The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex"- this is the aircraft that carried Mayor Wes Wise of Dallas and Mayor R.M. Stovall of Fort Worth to the opening day dedication ceremonies in 1973 to the then-new Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Braniff International 707-327C- Alexander Girard color scheme, this one in orange or what some call the Orange Jellybean scheme.

US Navy C-40A Clippers of VR-59 "The Lone Star Express" at NAS Fort Worth JRB/Carswell Field- this print features two C-40A Clippers- one is the "City of Fort Worth" and the other is the "City of Dallas".

I will try and have some preview images and close up views for everyone this weekend.  

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2007, 09:31:28 pm »
The vertical tail of the XB-31 proposal obvious ended up, appropriately scaled, on the A-26.
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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2007, 05:14:09 pm »


http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...NjbOR_t300A.jpg
 http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...NjbOR_t300B.jpg
 http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...NjbOR_t300C.jpg
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  • Braniff International Airways Boeing 707-327C (1969)
  • N7102, Orange colors
Sizes available: 12x16, 16x20, and 18x24 inches


 




http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...91_TI_t300A.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...91_TI_t300B.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...91_TI_t300C.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...D91_TI_t900.jpg

[size=8]*Watermark image will NOT be on the finished print[/size]
  • Texas International Airlines (1973)
  • N5726 "The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex"
Sizes available: 12x16, 16x20, and 18x24 inches




http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9DFW_wprevB.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9DFW_wprevC.jpg
http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/im...9DFW_wprevD.jpg

[size=8]*Watermark image will NOT be on the finished print[/size]
  • Boeing C-40A Clipper "City of Dallas" and "City of Fort Worth"
  • VR-59 "The Lone Star Express" NAS Fort Worth JRB, Carswell Field
Sizes available: 16x20 inches only




So show me the money! How much will this cost me?


It will depend upon the size you want-

12x16 inches - $25
16x20 inches - $35
18x24 inches - $55

For US addresses, shipping and handling will be $5, for Canada and international addresses, I will have to get you a shipping quote specific to your location. Each additional print above the first one is an extra $1 each.

How do I pay you?

Until I get the website up and running, the best way for now is to email me at jp@thechickenworks.com. Please include your first and last name in the subject line that way I can find you right away from all the emails I get on who wants this print. Let me know your address, which size print you're interested in, and you're preferred payment method. Right now since I am a lowly one-man operation I can only take PayPal, check, or money order.

If PayPal is how you want to pay, be sure to give me the email address I can send an invoice/PayPal request to. If you are paying by check or money order, I will give you the address to send it to.

How long will it take to get my print?

Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of your order. I order on demand from the printer and then personally inspect each print to be sure it's done correctly. I then add my signature in the lower right corner so you know you're getting the real deal and from there, I'll ship it out to you. If you're paying by check, I'm sure you'll understand if I make sure your check clears first!

What about previous prints?

None of these are limited editions. So there's no missing out on past prints if you didn't get them than month. I will continue to offer past prints as long as I can keep this gig running! If you still want to order past prints, let me know.

Link to the Braniff International "Peace on Earth" 707-320C from February.

Link the the March prints (Braniff 707-327C Panagra Yellow, Trans-Texas DC-9-14 "Ship One", North American F-108 Rapier prototype, and Douglas XB-31).
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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2007, 06:07:12 am »
I'll have a new print available at ScaleFest 2007- I'm just waiting for the print samples to come in this week and see how it turns out before I commit to getting more made.

Some hints:

It's a jet.

It's a military design.

It's from the Vietnam War timeframe.

You can still see this aircraft today.

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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2007, 06:10:53 am »
Old DC-9!  :wub:  
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Re: The Chicken Works. Art Prints by J.P. Santiago
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2007, 08:09:23 pm »


Lockheed C-141A Starlifter | 66-0177 "Hanoi Taxi" | Operation Homecoming | February 1973

I think a preview image of the historical vignette at the bottom of the print will say it best:






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Due some time constraints this month with some other projects, I was only able to add one new print to the portfolio for this month. It's very topical on two accounts, the first of which coincides with this being Memorial Day weekend and there being a multitude of remembrances nationwide for our military vets and the second one I'll point out later in this post.

This is one that I've always wanted to do as I've always liked the C-141 Starlifter. Nearly all the A's with a small handful of exceptions were later stretched to the B-model later in life, but it was the A model that gave the USAF its first taste of rapid intercontinental jet transport operations and with a plane that was eminently more suitable for the role than the C-135s let alone aircraft like the C-124 Globemaster II.

Probably the single most famous Starlifter of them all would have to be Hanoi Taxi. Over the course of two months, each group of POWs that came out on 66-0177 signed their names on the forward cargo bulkhead and it has since been left untouched. Successive groups of crew chiefs responsible for 66-0177 even in her later days took it upon themselves to make the plane a flying museum for the POW/MIA movement and would go to airshows when operational taskings would allow.

Because 66-0177 was the first into Hanoi and first out with the first group of forty American POWs, it became symbolic of the repatriation effort.

Just over one year ago the last Starlifter flight took place and it was flown by 66-0177. It made the short hop from its home at Wright-Patterson AFB with the 445th Airlift Wing to its new home at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton. That's the second bit of history that makes this print all the more topical these days.

As for the print, it is only available in 16"x20" size and is $35 plus $5 S/H. If you wish to get any of the prior prints, those are always available as well:

Prints from the month of April
Prints from the month of March
Premiere print from February

If you want to order this print or any other print I've previously offered, contact me at jp@thechickenworks.com.

Stay tuned for June's prints, those I will hopefully have an announcement on either the third or fourth week of June.