Saturday, April 1, 2017

Black Crow, March Journal page

crow with stick in beak


Spring has been showing hints through March of her arrival. And with the change of seasons. the crows that dwell in the woods beyond my window have begun collecting materials to build their nests.

I used a photo I took of a crow as inspiration for the drawing for this journal page. Using a dip pen and Higgin's calligraphy black ink, I drew the bird and then add washes of color. The Higgin's ink is light and has hints of brown. I then added some De Atramentis document ink in blue. The background is a mix of gesso and Daniel Smith's rich green gold acrylic.

journal page, crow gathering sticks






wishing everyone a good weekend and joining Sunday sketches.

13 comments:

  1. i love crows and your painting is great

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  2. I love everything about this...its lines, the colors and the subject!!! I am a big time crow lover! Great art for your journal!!!

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  3. Crows are such fun to watch, I really like them. This journal page is great, I love the feather lines under the ink wash. And that Spring green background really makes him pop.

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  4. In showing the crow collecting materials for it's nest, I like how you used the strip from a music book. Although crows aren't known to "sing", it goes well with that idea of birds singing. Nice drawing as well.

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  5. seems like a crow with musical talents :)

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  6. Wonderful crow creation with the inks and acrylic background ~ thanks, love it!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^

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  7. Oh that's wonderful. The bird is so beautiful!

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  8. Crow's are fascinating birds to watch. Happy Sunday Sketches!

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  9. Hello,
    I am not sure if my comment worked.
    This is wonderful, as is watching crows building a nest. I would so enjoy that.
    I just looked out the window to see 5 wild turkeys sauntering through and a pair of hooded mergansers land in the pond. Yay spring. It is snowing also.

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  10. love love love your crow :D sheet music in his beak?

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  11. This just SINGS of spring, Juaua... I love the happy, spritely-ness of the bird... and love your choice of a bit of printed paper for the nest building material in her beak! So many good contrasts with color and lines... :) Happy Spring, my friend ((HUGS))

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