The subject of my work is ravens and crows. By using a variety of techniques, I aim to question the meaning of the raven in my work. I intend to produce at least seven works.
The basis of my ideas stems from my own thoughts. I feel personally that birds are representative of freedom and power. They play a central part in most creation myths, and they frequently appear as messengers of the deities. Ravens in particular are often viewed as being symbols of war, death, and misfortune; however there are some cultures that believe the raven and crow to be a very wise and intelligent bird.
By using pencil I am able to create a scribbly effect, making the symbolism of the raven and crows lean towards being bringers of death. However, there is knowledge portrayed in their eyes; which leads the viewer to question whether they really are bringers of death, or if they are intelligent and silent guardians.
By starting out with pencil and gradually adding paint, the completed works should look grungy and messy, but still have an added sense of order, further leading the viewer to question the true intentions of the raven and its position in relation to the humans in the image.
I have done a lot of research on the subject of ravens and crows in painting, and found out:
The crow is a symbol of adultery and or wicked thoughts, when shown next to a married couple, sometimes perched near the bed chamber or nesting on a small pillow in the background. The crow or raven also signifies the devils henchmen are close at hand when portrayed next to a holy figure. If the crow is carrying a silver coin, silver ring or silver medal it symbolizes Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles and betrayer of Christ.
I found this very interesting, because of the other research I had found on their symbolism in mythology. It seems that they were only portrayed as death bringers in paintings.