Raven artwork

Lets have a special day for the ravens and crows.

 Another thing, no need to get too specific about the species, if you’re creating abstract artwork , but a few people will certainly point out that your demon raven isn’t genetically appropriate, so if you want to, you can be prepared then start with checking out this chart of comparison. You’ve probably never seen a raven if you don’t get out in the forests and parks but you have seen a ton of crows and jackdaws everywhere. If you want to see a raven, you need to go out into the forest and walk around for ten years and get lucky to see a huge black solo bird flying away, trying to avoid you.

Source: http://www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com/blog/2017/06/21/hey-did-you-know
Pildiotsingu raven crow difference tulemus
Source: http://highlineonline.ca/whats-the-difference-between-a-raven-and-a-crow/ 

After your lesson about the shapes and characters of ravens and crows and adding raven expert in your CV – if you’d like to draw one, you could continue to select only one aspect you like about them today. For example, I think the thing to notice about drawing these lovely birds is that they are very spikey in general,  their bones are hollow and they are like a heap of needles. This is the general feel I’m trying to capture on the first raven/crow paintings below. It’s easier to concentrate on one aspect of the birds and then create the entire artwork around only one characteristic. For example, if you’re fascinated by the beautiful black feathers, then maybe put all your effort into drawing the part of the blue-teal-black shimmer on the feathers; maybe if you’re fascinated by the character of these smart birds, you can forget about the other details and concentrate on the eyes or a close up portrait and finally, maybe if you’re fascinated with the flight motion, forgot about all the details, and concentrate on creating paintings that have some motion in them.

Here are some examples of paintings and drawings I’ve created recently, to illustrate how to concentrate on only one aspect of the subject, decide what you’re noticing today and create your entire image around only that one aspect and forget about everything else for that day.

Paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com

The needle-pile aspect of birds, the interesting macro structure:

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The talonds of birds remind the time they were still dinosaurs:talons raven painting crow painting ink art abstract art


The way the birds fly in flocks in such huge numbers, it looks like a new and bigger creature:

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Paintings about the motion of flying:

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The dramatic view of a bird flying in the rain:

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Inktober 2017 drawing challenge

Every year hundreds of people take part in this online art challenge called Inktober. The starter posts 30 topics, one for each day and you can tag your work and check out others’ work on the same topic.

Here we go with the first days!

Day 1, SWIFT




ink paintings by silja erg 5erg

The entire list of this years topics is here, come on and join!


Forest paintings (59 degrees north)

Paintings inspired by the forest walks.

Boreal forest (palumets) or between us, The Pretty Forest, it’s the type that is covered with moss and high thin pine trees for example spring out of the ground in even spaces. You can find blueberries and cranberries and mushrooms there and walk around with dry feet, it’s full of light and room and smells really good. The word ‘palumets’ that is used to describe this type of forest comes from the word cranberry (‘palukas’) which grow in there in heaps.

Paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com

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I will link some Estonian forest photos I found on the internet, sources are linked in the descriptions.

Pildiotsingu männimets tulemus
Source: Looduse aasta foto 2010, Nõiduslik männimets. Foto: Kunter Tätte.
Source: http://pilt.delfi.ee/contest-picture/14329/?show_orginal_only=true

Leopard print paintings

These paintings were made to have some random artwork in the room, my walls are usually empty and I figured I’d put something that wouldn’t be the first thing I’d think of.  The process of painting abstract patterns is interesting, I would recommend trying it.

Ink paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com


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Don’t be shy to release your art into the world

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you‘ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman.

The quote above applies to some fields more than others (the quoted sir was talking about technologies), but in creativity I feel it’s essential to not keep things shelved too long either and not to wait for the perfect work to be completed before you let someone else see it.  It’s helpful to get used to putting your work out there and getting comments in a half way finished work. While doing that, try not to explain yourself or defend yourself with the fact that it’s unfinished work whether it’s a single piece of painting or writing or a concept for an event, but instead of focusing on yourself, try to listen and see if someone has anything to say that may be great criticism on the entire concept or a part of it that you hadn’t even noticed.

The way that people react in a certain way that can be accounted for a silent feedback also. Handling the feedback is another topic of course and this is a very complicated part of it, but for one thing for example,  with some subjects it’s good if everyone doesn’t approve (critical subjects, issues or neutral topics that only minority has heard of)  and for some topics it matters if the crows responds positively (general goal is to create something positive and relatable or amusing for most viewers) or if the crowd responds negatively is a good thing if you’re surrounded in a crowd that you don’t agree with.

Quick note about being afraid that someone will steal your idea before you’ve finished on it if you’re too public about it – I wouldn’t worry about it too much,  there are so many ideas floating around everywhere that ideas themselves are nearly worthless, everyone has thought of a ton of stuff that they might do or can do if they had time, but they won’t. You must have met a person or two who will go to the president of the universe and for the first thing start suggesting some top of the head random universe presidenting ideas and then leave the room and will never think of the topic again. You do that do, I assure you, you just have forgotten about it, because when you were doing it, the subject really didn’t matter to you longer than during that one conversation. Most people are like that, they like their brain picked and presented with a chance to think about something for a couple of minutes but they don’t care what happens next. So, as you may know, an idea is nothing without a very specific way of execution, and that is something that only a small number of people are motivated to do and then there is an even smaller number of people who actually do it to the end.

So here we go, in conclusion all what I wanted to say was that if you think that hearing what other people have to say about your artwork or creation might be exciting for you, then you don’t have to wait until you’ve perfected your work, especially if it looks like that perfection seeking is something that is holding you back and stopping you. Then I feel like the perfection seeking is really fear, not quality control.

Paintings: Polar bears enjoying the flowers

The summer of 2017 was special in Estonia, the sun got stock in all of the yellow flowers that were present and there wasn’t any sunrays left to warm the weather. The brown bears were busy trying to keep their paws warm, so polar bears popped up instead of them like fluffy clouds and used the chance to enjoy the blossoming fields.

(aka Summer was cold and flower-filled this year)


Ink paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com

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We Can’t Stop Here, This is Bear Country

Road trip summer is coming to an end, we’ve been circling the nature sites in South and East Estonia and my theory is that what put us on the move is this unusually cold summer, until the end of july we didn’t see a day over +16C.

It sounds bad but it also means that the nature is behind one month, which also means that everything is fully blossoming, colorful and green a month later than usual. Not a great summer for leisure but a great one for looking around and browsing the picture perfect sites in nature. I’ve never seen such perfect greenery this late in the summer or the forest full of blueberries , bright yellow Gantharellus cibarius mushrooms and strawberries and the flower fields so full of blossoms.

These small road trips have had a huge influence on my painting work this summer, I noticed there have been a ton of bears and green trees on my painting desk.

Even when we were sitting at the beach in East, lake Peipus, ended up sketching bears. I added two pictures I will add the others later. As most of the time, paintings are available at www.5erg.etsy.com


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Minu 9:00-17:00 võitlus kaaluga

Kohe varsti on  käes rannahooaeg ja mõtlesin, et räägin avameelselt oma kaalust ja kuidas ma sellest võitu sain.

Ärkasin täna hommikul kell 9 üles ja vaatasin, et ma olen paks. Mul ei olnud sellest varem aimugi ja ma ei tea, miks ükski mees tänaval seda mulle ei öelnud – minu mõistmise järgi on selle sõnumi toomine Eesti mehe püha kohus. Oleks vähemalt oodanud siis elementaarsest viisakusest, et mõni tervisegurust bomš oleks tagurdava veoki märguannet imiteerinud, kui ma möödun. Aga ei, tervise eest keegi muret ei tundnud ja siin ma nüüd olen, šokis,  leidsin oma kehalt tagumiku.


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Leidsin oma kehalt tagumiku


Alustasin siis ise toitumis- ning treeningprogrammiga, kell oli selleks ajaks juba kümme hommikul, polnud enam täielikult kindel, kas rannahooajaks eesmärgini jõuab. Seda kõike tegin tervise pärast, mitte välimust pärast. Eesmärgiks oli saavutada selline tervis, millega mahuks selga nr 42 ujumisriided.

Kahjuks pärast kohvi joomist kaldusin eesmärgist tõsiselt kõrvale, motivatsioon oli kadunud, sest ette oli jäänud üks raamat, mida paari peatüki vältel kuidagi käesti ei õnnestunud panna. Õnneks päästis olukorra kodune kass, kes lõi haagiga toas joostes tagajalgadega kapiukse kinni. See väike kuid tähenduslik moment raputas mind teele tagasi, sest sulgunud kapiuks tuletas meelde mis on elus tõeliselt tähtis ning seda, et kui sa oled paks, siis su riided on suuremad ja kapi uks ei pruugi enam kinni minna.
Need on kaardid, mis on laual, see on muusika, mis mängib.
Kasutades seda hetkelist vaimuselgust ära, rebisin raamatu tükkideks ja viskasin rõdult alla. Hoidsin käsi üleval taeva poole, et oma võitu lodevuse üle tähistada.


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Võit lodevuse üle


Saabunud oli lõuna. Veetsin tunni, püüdes otsustada, millise nr 42 ujumisriide komplekti ost interneti outletist oleks kõige mõistlikum ning mis värv sobiks kõige rohkem nahaga, mis on õlavarreni ning säärteni pruun ning edasi portselanvalge.
Laadisin igaks juhuks alla neli erinevat 30-päeva spordi väljakutset kõhulihaste, kätelihaste, karvalihaste ja kaelalihaste treenimise osas. koostasin Exceli tabeli arvutamaks, kuidas oleks kõige efektiivsem mahutada need kavad ühe päeva sisse, et jõuaks õhtuks valmis. Otsustasin läbida igast programmist viimase päeva, seega saavutada paljuoodatud lõpptulemus efektiivsemalt. Mõtistklesin, miks nad ise selle peale ei tulnud.
Vaatasin videot mehest, kes oli aastaga kaotanud 75 kilo ja nägi välja nagu kõige kaunim gasell, keda eal 500k eest opereeritud oli. Vaatasin järele, kui palju maksab rasvaimu Tartu iluopidesalongides. Polnud väga üle mõistuse, aga loobusin, sest ilmnes, et pärast rasvaimu peab 6 kuud järjest harjutusi tegema ja dieeti pidama, mis tundub nagu petta saamine.

Ma polnud midagi söönud kella kümnest saati ja kell oli juba kaks päeval, see hakkas mu käitumist ja tujusid mõjutama. Mu sõpradel oli minuga raske, nad oli tüdinenud sellest, et räägin juba pool päeva oma tervise plaanist ja olid mures, et ma olen anorektikuks hakanud ja olen täielikuks spordihulluks muutunud. Nad ei tundnud mind enam ära.

Nüüd polnud veel kaua jäänud, olin programmis püsinud vastupidiselt kõigi arstide ja negatiivsete inimeste märkustele ses osas, et neid ei huvita mu välimus ja neid huvitab ainult see, et ma olen igav, kui ma olen väsinud, tujust ära ja näljane. Samuti olin läbi elanud tõususid ja mõõnasid. Kuid järgnevaks löögiks ei olnud ma üldse valmis, see tabas nagu välk mida polnud Lighning mapsis ega ilm.ee’s kirjas.

Ühesõnaga, kell oli kolm päeval ja saabunud oli kaalu-platoo, see tähendab, et ükskõik mida tehes püsib kaal sama. Ma olin platoo murdmiseks valmis ükskõik milleks, välja arvatud selleks, mida põhiliselt kõik treenerid ja arstid soovitavad, et mõne aja jooksul süüa rohkem kui tavaliselt, et ainevahetust turgutada. Mul polnud plaanis olla arstide ori, ma olen vaba naine ja tean ise paremini, mida Buduaari foorumis soovitatakse. Seega jätkasin toitumiskavaga sellisel moel, nagu on loomulik, mässisin end üleni kilesse ja loobusin vee joomisest. Oodates sisustasin oma aega pudeli hea kalorivaba viinakokteiliga ning paari paki orgaaniliste sigarellodega.


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Metoodika välja töötamine

Pärast tervistavat spad premeerisin end ühe avokaado ning ühe paki või söömisega, võipaki ostmiseks pangalaenu taotlemine võttis natuke aega, aga tasus ära, sest või on täis vitamiine ning ei tekita õhtuks punnis kõhtu ega kaalu tõusu, nagu liitri (kilo!) vee joomine teha võib.  Hoolimata sellest pühendumusest, näitas kaal sama numbrit. Raevust võtsin kaalu enda kätte, kruttisin seiereid natuke tagasipoole ja kaalusin enda uuesti. Pühkisin pisarad ja naeratus tuli iseenesest suule, platoo ehk seisev näit oli murtud.

Nüüd saabus aeg tibusid üle lugeda, kell oli viis õhtul ja järvevesi oli päikse poolt soojaks köetud ning ootas suplejaid üksteise kehasid hindama. Vaatasin esmakordselt pärast transformeerumist peeglisse ja mu sinakashalli aukjasse silmanurka ilmus rõõmupisar – mu vaevarikkad pingutused selle teekonna jooksul olid vilja kandnud, ma olin nüüd peenike ja tervislik ning võisin dieedi tarvikud aastaks kappi tagasi panna.


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Katke laud ja pühkide tolmust parim portselan, ilu on koju saabunud

Ma tahaks tänada kõiki, kes mind sellel rännakul aitasid ning Obamat.