Raven Painting Complete (bird art)

Title: "The Messenger", 13" x 19"

I finished this raven painting moments ago with a satisfied feeling of accomplishment and a huge sigh of relief.  Lots of undivided attention was spent on the feather details and trying not to splatter any dark paint ANYWHERE else.  I find it very challenging to paint something that’s all black and still give it depth and highlights.  Used a lot of ultra-marine blue mixed with burnt umber and a little rose madder and neutral tint colors combined to create various shades of black.  I used small amounts of ivory black in only the deepest, darkest areas.  It sure made painting the branch a breeze at the end!

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