Raven 9"x12" oil

Several weeks ago there was a challenge to paint a raven on Daily Paint Works.  I am a bit late with it, but I finally got around to it.  It seems like everyone eventually paints a raven or a crow.  I like it because of the dramatic high contrast design.  I used lots of different dark colors to get depth in the feathers.  I also did an exercise mixing up greens from my blues and yellows for my color chart book and decided to make an abstract background with the colors.  I painted the background first then the bird.  I am so glad I did this exercise because I discovered some really cool ways of making green in the process.  This is a bit larger than usual and is on canvas rather than a gesso panel.

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About Christine Holzschuh

I am a self taught artist who has been influenced by the following people:  my mom (June Hovekamp Osgood), Sean Dye, Jane Neroni, Karin Jurick, Carol Marine, and Qiang Huang.  I am painting daily now after a career in education.  Art is my passion and I am learning every day.