Welcome to the third post and second installment of “Countdown to Halloween” with 21 days to go. The first installment I delved into spiders, the creepy crawlies of Halloween, and did a graphic art piece that strung twisted vines to form a spider.
As you know every week my artwork will focus a bit on the Halloween Spirit, and I admit I was a tad stumped this week. Creepy doll? Pumpkins? Maybe a black cat? I wanted to tackle a ghostly image but the few attempts I made resulted in mush. Then I thought about the crow. Every composition that I came up with was either too complicated or devoid of any luster. Then I had an epiphany. The call of the crow was believed to be an omen of death, while others believed they carried souls to the land of the dead.
So for my next piece I decided to do an oil rendition of the crow and a ghostly maiden. It took me roughly five days to complete, with an additional two to build a concept. It was a little rough around the edges, but I liked what came of it. The muted yellows gave an eerie sense, yet still reminiscent of fall. I used a wet on wet technique for the forest. I had to wait two days for it to dry before I added the ghostly image. Then I added a cawing dark crow, perched on the ghostly maiden’s finger.
The painting is painted on a 20″ x 24″ canvas panel, with water soluble oil paints. It is titled “Caw of the Dead”. You can view the full painting below.
I may still work with the piece and fix a few rough spots, but for the most part it is complete. Print not available yet, however when a print is released it will be limited edition only.