Monday, June 17, 2013

The Object of His Affection - B is for Bird SOLD

'The Object of His Affection' 
5 x 7 inches watercolor on paper

Here's painting two in my alphabet series. B for bird. 

Ravens, to me, have always been beautiful and fascinating. And, yes, because of some of the lore surrounding them a little creepy. I still get the shivers when I read Edgar Allen Poe's the Raven. But with this painting I wanted to emphasize a softer side, by painting a baby (who has blue eyes, once he matures his eyes will turn black), with an open beak, completely humble and dependent. I had a little bit of fun by incorporating a lot of color, and swirling designs to emphasize the slightly mystical reputation that ravens seem to have.

This is also a depiction of the bird that reaches a very troubled boy's heart in one of my favorite books. The baby raven is the one thing that softens his razor edges and harsh presence. And I found that absolutely compelling. The book is Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys. 

Reference photo by Digimaree on deviantART.


  1. This is such a dramatic piece, Crystal. That was really creative to do the baby raven, and show the naive, innocent side of a predator. I want to look for that book, it sounds intriguing!

  2. Il est vrai que le corbeau n'attire pas la sympathie, mais votre bébé peut nous faire revenir sur notre conviction qu'il est un sale oiseau !... Un très joli travail. Bravo !
    Gros bisous

  3. as always I love where your imagination and paint brush take you

  4. I have no words for this one Crystal, stunning, just just gorgeous, it looks so alive and has that "beyond real" vibe. Kind of a funny little guy, ain't it?

  5. Love it! You're so brilliant, my friend!

  6. This is lovely: one of your best, I think! The form, colors and composition all work marvelously well.


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