Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birdwhisperer Project 2017: Iris's Messenger

The facebook page Birdwhisperer Project inspires its art members to each create a piece based on the same reference photo, which gives a magnificent glimpse into how different artistic eyes view the world.

This year, I've decided to participate monthly.

To start us off, and to celebrate the one year anniversary of the project, Christopher Martin Photography has given permission for the use of their "Iridescent Raven":

I've always considered ravens a sign of good fortune, so I took it as an auspicious beginning for 2017!

I started by preparing my background.  It's acrylic on acrylic paper, with rock salt:

Then I began drawing in my shapes from the source picture:

Then, using my Grumbacher 5/0, I painted my outlines:

And as I always do, freehand painted my designs:

I even thought I was done:

But I realized it was way too much magenta once I looked at with a little bit of distance.  The middle and tail of the raven blended into the background.  So I traced over most of it with the blue to give it a purpler feel, but something still wasn't quite right, and I realized it wasn't standing out enough against the background, so I gave it a slight whitewash, resulting in the finished piece:

"Iris's Messenger"
by Janin Wise
11" x 14" acrylic on acrylic paper

Prints and other merchadise available at my society6 store

Iris is both the personification of the rainbow, as well as the goddess of the sky and sea, and served as the link between humanity and the gods.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's pieces revealed today as well! (Just follow the tag #birdwhisperer or on facebook @BirdWhisperer Project to see them all.)

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