Sunday, August 4, 2013


Diane Mannion, NEVERMORE, 6x6" oil on Gessobord



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."

First stage of this painting... r,y,b,w over wipeout (also rybw) from day before:
Second stage:
Final again:
Top two photos taken inside under lights with iPhone.
Final is most correct taken outside with good camera.


Sandy Sandy Art said...

I love this and I'm so glad to see a Raven/Crow Challenge! :-D

Sandy Sandy Art said...

I just pinned this to my "Crows and Ravens" board on Pinterest. :-D

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, thank you Sandy! I'm so pleased with all the wonderful response this painting is getting!

Maria Bennett Hock said...

Love seeing the process...the black RAven just comes alive with the beautiful color palette you injected. Just love it!