Here are the latest in the Sacred Bird series. I have been remiss in posting these to my website so I will get that taken care of here. Thanks goes to Paul Haverkamp for having me revisit the series. I am now up to 55 paintings in the series!
The Last Judgement. Watercolor and gold leaf on paper. It measures 7″x7″. The Latin translation is, “The stars incline us they don’t oblige us”. I am always so surprised when the gold leaf is photographed and it turns out looking black when in reality is it so shiny. The first letters “A” and the stars and moon are 23K gold leaf. I used to scan the paintings before the gold leaf and I might need to go back to doing just that in the future.
This is the newest of the “Sacred Bird” paintings. The Black Madonna is 7″x7″ and is watercolor and 23K gold leaf on paper. The Latin translation reads: I am black and beautiful. I realize that in the painting, the Madonna has a raven’s head and a pink body but that is because the painting is inspired by a painting of a European woman and her little baby. I found myself thinking that if I paint him pale (as I usually do), which makes me laugh, I should paint her to match. Oh, the decisions we artist must face. I call her black because her head is black.