A few weeks ago I found a bunch of my old sketch books, particularly from RISD (my college years). So I got lost going down that rabbit hole, finding sketches and ideas I hadn't explored in over 12-15 years.
But I actually on a quest to find a particular sketch that's been at the back of my brain for a while. It was a quick sketch I had done of some ancient Celtic art - that either was on exhibition at the RISD Museum or some other place I had visited - of a raven holding on to a circle. And I found it.
I have long been fascinated with crows and ravens - and their roles in myths across the world. These ideas had blended in my head with the more modern interpretations of author Charles de Lint in his work. One of the key connecting threads is that the Raven is a keeper of memory and dream - or a transporter of such.
In the last 8-10 years, I have explored the subject more through dance than visual art, so it was time to get back to that drawing and see where the painting would take me. I worked on it over the course of several days, on a 5" x 5" panel of clayboard with a mixture of first ink, then acrylic. I'm pretty pleased with the result, but I'm going to explore it again on a larger scale with more mixed media soon.
This piece has already found a new home in a private collection.