Saturday, August 20, 2011
An Unkindness of Ravens
My raven painting/collage is almost done, which is a good thing since it is larger than our dining room table. The process has been interesting and fun, and I keep trying to not fall in love with various layers as the images progress, so that I can proceed without guilt. More than once I thought I liked what I had well enough, but then forged ahead with another layer of acrylic color, or tissue paper, or bits of doily or vintage papers or maps. Each new layer makes the previous layers recede and become less visible, which sometimes was exciting, and sometimes was distressing. At this point the papers I am adding are black, dark blue or charcoal gray, pages from clothing catalogs or old black and white National Geographic pages, just to suggest texture. I want the piece to make an impact from a distance, but also be rewarding for anyone who gets up close to really look.
I wonder why the collective term for a group of ravens is an unkindness?