Sunday, 31 March 2013

LIFE WITHIN, COSY PENTHOUSE and a CROW MOON

Another set of paintings using the same palette and subject matter - These were submitted to the Daily Paintworks spring challenge. 


I found this quite challenging and will probably create a few more in different sizes and colour schemes. The basic idea is simple, but getting the light and the values right is very challenging. The main challenge with the small next was that it was lined with white fluff but it was in shadow so appeared darker. The eggs of a Crow are very pale blue with grey markings, which were also a challenge given they were also in shadow

I'm also not really happy with the way this painting scanned because there are some iridescent parts which don't show as such. I may try scanning again at different settings to see if I can pick up the value and colour changes better. 


LIFE WITHIN
ORIGINAL ART ACEO  
2.5" x 3.5"
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COSY PENTHOUSE
ORIGINAL ART OSWOA 6" x 4"
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The recent full moon on 27th March is known as the Crow moon and that started me thinking about Crows and Crow's Nests. Since my childhood I've always loved crows. I find their caws very comforting like hot chocolate on a cold winter's day. It's easy to see why so many tales of folklore center around them. Crows are fairly large birds and wear lovely blue black clothing so they are striking even without the interesting songs they sing and the substantial real estate they design.

There is a large tree nearby which houses a rookery (crowery?) and from my bedroom window I see the crows coming and going, some fly right over the roof, cutting an interesting silhouette against the rainy sky.

When you are fortunate enough to see the nests from above you really get to appreciate the engineering which goes into them, high up, carefully woven and often lined with soft bedding, they look like a wonderful place snuggle down. And what a view! No wonder the viewing platform on square riggers was named after them.

From Wikepedia the moons of the year

January - Wolf moon
February - Snow moon

March - Sap moon (Crow Moon)
April - Growing moon
May - Flower moon
June - Mead moon
July - Hay moon
August - Corn moon
September - Harvest moon
October - Hunter's moon
November - Beaver moon
December - Winter moon 


More info on the various moons Farmer's Almanac


Cat #13080 Life Within - Cat # 13081 Cosy Penthouse