I started with paint and crackle paint. Then I went to some shiny transparent cloth that came in a box of supplies ordered online. I tried out a technique using an oiler boiler that Jane Davies demonstrated on her blog. I stenciled gesso "flowers" and then painted them. I hated the painted flowers so I glazed the whole background and solved the "hate" problem. Finally I added the crows. These crows obviously have a mission. I love the way they are either bent forward heading toward something or watching something very intensely.
I find I cannot use stencils either. This piece is divine.I am finding that I am really attracted to journals done by men. They just seem to really get to the point without all the who-hah and fanfare? Am I making sense?
Thanks Roberta. Your comment is one to ponder. All the journaling classes that I have taken have been taught by women with the exception of Seth Apter's classes. So I will start looking to see if I can see what you are suggesting concerning the who-hah. If you have an example that we could discuss I would enjoy that. Thanks for stopping by.
I think I am just tired of always seeing the faces and the flowers and the empty cliches. The male journals are not like that.
I love this, I love corvids!
Stunning color way in this piece. The crows are the crowning addition. I have a flock that perch in the trees in front of my house during late afternoons. They yammer and make a big mess. Wish I could understand their language, I'd join in. When was the last time you yammered louder and louder over the next yammerer?
I love how you changed the flowers in the background into a plus. I love the crows. It is almost like they are all point or looking in the same direction off the page. Makes you wonder what they are looking at? Wonderful John!
A very strong and effective painting, the black lines of the background and the forward movement of the crows makes it a little unsettling. Like Roberta I am always interested in blog art by males, which have a different strength.
You really caught the intent crows so often exhibit! They do know how to focus and the birds in this piece show that very well.
I love ravens and crows and magpies- all corvids- wonderful spread John!
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