Entry into the CSPWC Open Water National Show 2015

Pretty excited and happy to have been selected to participate it the CSPWC 90th Annual National Open Water Show this year in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Archives. 

I recently embarked on a project to paint ravens.  When at Yellowstone National Park last fall there were a number of particularly friendly ravens in the parking lot at Artist’s Point.   They were walking around the travel trailers looking for hand-outs and cawing their hearts out.  One raven in particular was following me around and without being intrusive, I was able to get many really nice reference photos.  I was literally on my knees looking him in the eye and chatting with him.

Call of the Raven

“Call of the Raven” was selected for the 2015 Show!  This painting was pretty meticulously rendered and painted – with each individual feather painted with controlled wet-in-wet layers.  I find the colouration of the raven fascinating – how it looks to be almost molded out of pewter and still have rich blue and purple iridescent notes.

These reference photos were the foundation for a number of paintings including “Call of the Raven”,  The “Sentry”, “A Look Back” and a number of smaller paintings.  My intention when I stated this project was with Open Water in mind.

Invitation to the show opening is below

Didn't See Nuthin'

The very sound of the word crow conjures up a myriad of emotions within us – from contempt to outright dislike with awe somewhere is the mix.  We seldom start with awe.  And yet, crows are fascinating and highly intelligent ( link to David Suzuki Murder of  crows) They are somewhat paintable (is this even a word?) as well.  Mostly seen as a silhouette against the as they are sooo black. But up close there are hints of iridescence with muted mauves and blues - if you can get up close, they are timid – need a really long lens.

So, I was thinking there is a series in painting crows.  Thinking the next and third painting will be a solitary crow.

Mentioned this to my friend Donna Snyder  and she said “oh no, one crow sorrow”.  Huh?  She then recited a poem about counting crows.  We then proceeded to search for this nursery rhyme on-line…

One for sorrow , Two for joy,Three for a girl,Four for a boy.Five for silver,Six for gold,Seven for a secret; never to be told.Eight for a wish,Nine for a kiss, Ten for a time of joyous bliss.

Then we thought – great idea for a series of paintings to mirror the nursery rhyme.  However I am not really sure how many crow paintings I have in me.  I have paintings two paintings complete one with two and another with five crows – leaves too many more painting to be completed to match the poem.

And yet, somehow I think there may a poured painting in the mix

And with the cerulean love hate relationship thing – I am unsure of how may skies I want to lose sleep over!

Until next time...

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