A Look Back

A Look Back.  This is a transparent watercolour on Arches 300 lb. paper. As transparent as those darks can be that is.  To achieve the depth of colour I had to apply eight washes.  I always get a little nervous when applying deep colours with a fine brush as sometime the point springs a little and little dots of colour appear where you do not want them.  This time was no exception.  However, I saw them as they happened and thankfully was able to clean them right up. I seem to be a little introspective these days and it is showing up in my art.  Unsure if it just the long winter or I am searching for something.  The title of this painting seems fitting somehow.  I tried to come up with a clever title, but this name kept coming back to me.  And the raven is looking back.A Look BackThis is the last painting in this series of raven paintings - as least for now.  I have been painting quite a few birds recently and it got be thinking. I started to marvel at the fact they do not have arms and hands.  This may sound silly, but I think it must be very awkward for them to have to use their beaks for everything. Can you imagine if you had to use your nose and lips to move things around and pick things up with your hands tied behind your back?  Just thinking is all....

And speaking of looking back here are the two previous Ravens paintings in this series:

"Call of the Raven" and "The Sentry"

Watercolour painting of a raven by Helen Shideler

Water-color painting of a raven

These watercolour paintings are available on my web site -  click HERE for more information.