The ideas for this painting came from a horseback riding adventure with friends at the Circle Z Ranch near Patagonia, AZ and a hike in Sabino Canyon in Tucson in January of 2011. I photographed two ravens sitting on a limb while on a lunch break from riding. Not long after, I went for a hike with friends and enjoyed a morning view of long shadows receding into the distance – a theme I’ve been interested in since hiking in the Peruvian Andes in the late 80’s.


ravens in sabino 1
The first stage shows loose washes using a wet-on-wet technique. I get the paper wet after drawing general shapes and pour in saturated color.


ravens in sabino 2
In the next stage, more detail and layering of washes.


ravens in sabino 3
After the paint dries, I frequently stand back and look at the work to determine what it needs. This helps create balance and integration –  hard to achieve when standing too close.