Green Raven
Mixed Media
on Paper
2006

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.