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Today’s Postcard: Raven
My friend the raven. I admit that we haven’t been formally introduced but it barks a gruff greeting to me (from a lonesome pine above the cliff at Coppet Hall) most mornings, or it flies over our garden at around 8am. I love them. Intelligent survivalists, able to thrive in deserts and on ice caps; they are numerate, they are numerous (inhabiting the entire northern hemisphere) and they are revered. As harbingers of war they would follow hosts to battle (probably following the smell of adrenaline). The reservoir Llys y Fran means “court of crows” and they are the closest of the corvids. I had to use a couple of my bird books to check that I’d got the feathers about right, please bear with me.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): A rough background of Titanium White, Lapis Lazuli and Burnt Sienna; raven was underpainted with Ivory Black and Permanent Mauve, then tweaked with more white, Kings Blue Pale and soot from a wizard’s staff.
Brush: sizes 1, 2, 4 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,