He began fairly simply. Just a crow shape on a mossy rock, a bit of color around him.
As he took shape, I tried to add some texture into his body with water blossoms and granulating color.
Not bad, but he's not a bluebird so he needed much darker pigments added.
He was left to sit on the table while I went off to Mryna Wacknov's workshop at the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops in North Carolina.
So when I returned, I knew he needed something more to jazz him up!
What better things to jazz up a dull background than black and white gesso, drizzled and put on from a bottle like calligraphic marks. All zagging around with upward movement.
But he still needed darkening...so
added some darker blues and violets to make him darker and I think he holds his own against that background now.
Just a bit more shaping of his body and I think he'll be done. The painting also became squared in the decision process.
What do you think of this Solitary Crow?