I mentioned earlier in the month that I was going to talk about some of my favorite paintings from 2012 and since I’ve been so busy with projects, my postings here on my blog have suffered, but I’m working and that is good! I’m just going to take the time and do this, so let’s get started.
Raven Festival is one of my favorite paintings from 2012. It was a request from my Facebook page. I had simply asked on my page what some thought I ought to paint next and this suggestion struck a chord with me. I have always had a love of crows and ravens. I feel they have such personality. It’s like they have old souls. My mother always told me that my great-grandmother who was part Cherokee Indian from Tennessee had a pet crow and taught it to talk. His name was Timmy. I have read up on them and found they are very intelligent birds.
I loved painting this because I had such fun with the process. I knew immediately how I wanted it to look, just figuring out how to get that idea on canvas was the challenge at hand. So I started out with a light sketch on canvas first. Next I cut a mask out around the raven. Then I knew I wanted this wild background with almost graffiti like carnival marks which I achieved by watering down my paint and then blowing the paint around to get the effect I wanted. I also wanted to show some leaves so I painted them rather abstractly. I used resist to get the depth in the many colors I used for the background. It felt so satisfying for me to peel back those layers of resist and then add more paint… a very creative gratification. Finally, I painted the raven. See my process below. By the way, this painting is for sale. The original is 12″x12″ on canvas for $200. You can purchase it here. Prints are available starting at $26.
So it’s a happy accident that the Ravens are in the Superbowl this Sunday. I’ll be rooting for them if for no other reason than this painting! Go Baltimore!
I’ll post another painting from 2012 and talk about it more soon. If you haven’t visited it yet, I’d love to have you over on my Facebook Fan Page… please like it at http://www.facebook.com/JaimeHaneyArtist