This is what happens when you find yourself staying up all night working. I’ve been experimenting with oil pastels and ink. After painting so many red ravens, I wanted to try something new and stylistically quite different from what I’ve been doing. I wanted it to be earthy yet ethereal, which is a challenge for me as I tend toward strong colours and crisp lines. I wanted to have a more spontaneous look to the piece and so I eschewed my compulsive drive toward tight, clean painting and allowed a more free flowing mood to pervade. The concept is fertility and growth. There is a very feminine aura to this work, or at least that’s what I was feeling when I painted it.
I have a show coming up in February and I’ve been putting together a body of work for that and I hope the gallery doesn’t mind a few more of these pieces. I’ve also been exploring some concepts with ink on paper that I’ll post in the next few days.
For now, a couple hours of sleep and back up to the studio.