Diane Mannion, NEVERMORE, 6x6" oil on Gessobord
PAINTING BLACK WITHOUT BLACK
Painted from photo reference for the DPW Weekly Challenge... paint a black bird without using black! Could not paint a raven without thinking of Edgar Allan Poe! My raven is sitting on the statue of Pallas above a door at midnight under the glow of an outside lamp shining through a window.
My palette: Winsor & Newton Artists Oil Colour, cadmium red, WinsorBlue (red shade), and cadmium yellow pale, plus Gamsol Radiant White. Used blue, red, and only a touch of yellow to get the darkest "black."
(first stanza), Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this and nothing more."
(And from 8th stanza...)
Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."