'As the Crow Flies' - a study in value
oil on board
20cm x 20cm
Photo credit -John and Cindi
I always think of a crow as the Vincent Price of the bird world.
Skulking, heavy-shouldered, piercing all-knowing eyes, the black harbinger of doom according to folklore. There's quite a bit of mythology surrounding them going back to the Greeks and it makes interesting reading.
'As the Crow Flies'
However, they can be quite comical and entertaining as I have discovered on my many rambles around the countryside.
It's always a great thrill to see a field of them pecking away at the stubble from the just harvested wheat fields or sulking and looking downright miserable clinging to a bare tree branch in an English downpour.
In a former life I did a series of textile pictures based on crows in a tree and a couple of years ago painted them sitting out a snowstorm.
'Three Crows Sit it Out'
Hmmm...I do seem a little pre-occupied with birds, don't I? hey ho...
Anyways, this was a joy to paint and was a study in value. Having had no formal art training ( I was a potter in a former life and only took up painting two years ago) I recently (48 hours ago) read an article on value and apparently it's the biggest thing that will help my art improve. I'm meant to squint a lot, compare every value with every other value and to practice this on a daily basis. Hmm....I'll try.
My palette consisted of just three colours - Lamp black, Paynes Grey and Raw Umber with obviously a dash of white here and there for good measure.
It was a revelation to discover just last year, that I generally work with a limited palette and if you've seen my art on my Facebook Page, you'll see what I mean.
I'm off to look for more corvids!