January 5, 2008

Raven's Watch - oil painting



Some of my paintings excite me more so than others. I wonder what makes it so. It is a mystery as to why. Maybe its the memory that inspired it. Maybe it's when we let go of the expectation and let it come through with no resistance. The way it is supposed to be. For whatever reason this one is one of my personal favorites.

Its inspiration is from a photo I took on my roadtrip with Kristin Grevich to Jackson Hole two summers ago for a painting workshop. As Kris and I were driving through Yellowstone this Raven was sitting on the wall alongside of the road and there just happened to be a pull-off area right there giving us the opportunity to take pictures (Kris knows my affinity to Ravens as my totem animal) We jumped out of the car and were able to get within 5-6 feet of her while she sat for her close up. So this painting reminds me of my trip with Kris and what a great trip it was and of course for the Raven.

Raven's Watch
10x10 oil on canvas

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8 comments:

indiaartist said...

I love it. It is so painterly with beautiful loose strokes. Thanks for posting.

Neda said...

I incorporated a couple of ravens in my collage in my latest post where I answered your tag :)

Lovely painting.

Don Gray said...

Nice painting, Deb. Your painterly handling of the iridescent feathers is beautifully done.

Takeyce said...

This is brilliant, Debbie!

marianne said...

very beautiful!!!!

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Thanks to all of you. Your comments are so supportive and I appreciate every one of them. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

Ravens are wild smart birds - their beaks can damage - there is a great book of a man who studied Ravens in Maine woods - called "Ravens in Winter," read it many years ago.

Beautiful work here.

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Thanks John I'll have to check into that book! Thanks for the visit.