In this post you will see 3 pictures of the stages of this piece. I’ve been working on it since my last post.

This piece was a step in a new direction for me. I would like to try some more like this, which bring together portrait and abstract. I spent a lot of time staring at this piece at its different stages. In fact for days, I would stare at this piece from different angles in my room and squint at it until I began developing a kind of fear of working on it. I was intimidated by the permanence of ink on paper and also unsure of where I was going with it. On Thursday or Friday I had had enough of this starting match and decided what I needed was some more pen weights and shades. So, on Friday I went to the Waterloo Art Store and got a few Tria PantoneĀ markers and various pen weights including a 005 Micron which I love and remember from my hand drafting days in school.

If you have read my other entry on this blog called Crow you will know that my neighborhood is currently home to a very large flock of crows. Yup they’re still here. It’s probably because of our lack of actual winter. I guess they’ve kind of stuck in my head and I see them wherever I go. The other night I was walking back from the grocery and I looked up at the tree tops and there were so many of them nestled on the bare branches, a slightly darker shade of black against the sky. So I guess the piece comes out of that experience and my general fascination with them. They’re very intelligent birds and I playfully think of them as a bit more sentient than the average bird. Check out this link if you want to hear more about The Intelligence of Crows by Joshua Klein.

As always, thanks for your interest in my work.

Final Piece

Step 2

3 thoughts on “Corvus

  1. Hi!
    I love the process as much as the final picture, and I know about that ‘looking at it from all angles’ thing too! I love the Crows.. and the black on black, on grey. Love the lines of this too.. clean and simple. Thanks for sharing it with us! And keep up the great work. Mary

  2. Nice piece. Must have been quite an experience creating it. For me Steps 1 and 3 are most interesting visual statements. Seduces me to continue playing with your theme. I don’t see it as about crows though. Lovely interplay of natural forms and movement – something that can only be created on a canvas or sheet of paper. Probably much more than that. Do continue to develop your exploration, style and focus, nice things are happening. Continue to create!

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