The Independence Day weekend has been a good time with some inks and canvases, I’ve been cutting up big pieces of it and spent a whole lot of hours listening to stand up clips on Spotify and working on creepy abstract birdmonsters and other monsters.
I’ve grown to love silk, it’s really like wool isn’t it, it keeps you warm and it’s easy to clean and it’s just pretty and feels good against your skin.
So I’ve bought some blank silk scarves from the craft store and some silk paints, Marabu iron fixed dyes for the first round and then later I will get the steam fixed ones. Those are the fancy ones you’re not supposed to buy at first, you have to work your way up to those.
Silk is moody, it will work with you one day and the other it takes more patience, so you have to treat it with patience. So far I’ve made two scarves, one with bugs and one with the raven (I used a drawing I had previously done for reference). The raven looks good.
I guess the main reason ravens are on these paintings is that they’re gorgeous.The other reason is that they’re awesome birds. Smart (Quote: “Their beak cannot open tough skins of the carcasses, that’s why when they encounter a big corpse, they make calls that attract wolves and foxes to the site and the large carnivores can break the carcass”, playful( Video: rolling around in the snow) and they do random stuff ( Quote “anting feels great if you’re a bird”)
When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. In one logic test, the raven had to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of the string, anchoring it with its claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. Many ravens got the food on the first try, some within 30 seconds. In the wild, ravens have pushed rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stolen fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and played dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast.
If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes.”
You can read rest of the 10 raven facts in this blog: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53295/10-fascinating-facts-about-ravens
I’ve tried a lot of different stuff with ravens and I feel like they’re a great subject. All done with brushes and inks, on 20x30cm loose canvas. Some of these are for sale in my shop on Etsy (shipping is worldwide and I’m located in Estonia, North-Europe): www.5erg.etsy.com