today I was motivated to start a canvas, and knew the raven wanted to speak again. I found a reference photo on unsplash.com
, cropped it a bit, and got to work creating a busy background for it.
it has gold twirly bits as well as lots of colored pencil scribbles
to add to the texture of the piece
I then did a quick sketch, hoping I'd be able to fix anything with paint later on
I then toned down the background a bit with some gesso and red iron oxide
then I got to adding some black and adding initial color to the eye
as soon as it started feeling like work I stopped. I want this loose and easy, not tedious for me. these days when I get motivation and energy at the same time I need to encourage it as best as I can, and not punish myself by thinking things must be photo-perfect. if I wanted that, I'd find a raven and take a photo, not create a colorful journey into the heart to find the messages that lie within.
after more scribbling and eye-work.
oh, do I love working on eyes!
updated with the finished painting!