View Full Version : Black Crow in The Turbulent Moonlight

L Skylar Brown
09-29-2012, 04:03 AM
This was inspired by one of my primary musical muses - Joni Mitchell. From scratch. Orig size 5400x4200 pxls at 300 ppi. 3 layers. oils. lots of Knife work.


09-29-2012, 04:49 AM
Very beautiful indeed...and a fine tribute to my fellow Canadian, Joni Mitchell,....

09-29-2012, 04:57 AM
Wow is the only thing that comes to mind. What story would this tell. Excellent!

09-29-2012, 05:05 AM
Wow, wonderful painting!

09-29-2012, 05:17 AM
Nice one Skylar, that sure was one large canvas you worked on.

09-29-2012, 05:22 AM
Excellent work Skylar, I can imagine the knife work on this one

09-29-2012, 08:24 PM
Another great one Skylar, well done:)

L Skylar Brown
09-30-2012, 12:18 PM
Kenmo - Canadians are what Americans aspire to be!
Bobbi-One of my fave songs by Joni is "Black Crow". I still play her classics, and continue to be inspired and surprised by her use of words.
GRS - Thank you!
limey- Lately, I have used this size as a standard. It translate to an 18x14"
Pat - On a second layer, I squiggled out greys and blues tapering away from the wings. Then used the flat, soft, blur, and wet settings of the knife until it looked sort of like a cross between smoke and water. At the point, I reduced the layer opacity to 50%. Then merged all over a bkg layer.
Coops- Thanks so very much!

09-30-2012, 02:32 PM
Another beauty, Skylar

L Skylar Brown
10-01-2012, 11:44 AM
Jean - Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.

10-02-2012, 09:42 PM
It's a stunner and it's amazing to realize how little black there may actually be in a black crow under certain lighting conditions!:eek::cool:

10-04-2012, 06:25 AM
Wonderful painting!:)
Love the turbolent moonight and silver reflections on crow.

10-06-2012, 04:17 AM
That is awesome!

L Skylar Brown
10-08-2012, 10:44 AM
Caesar - Thank you! Yes, often what we perceive as a solid tone has a myriad of variation within it.
Silvy, Java - Thank you, Each !!