Sunday, July 10, 2011

Illustration Friday: Stay

The word over at Illustration Friday this week is stay. I had a few ideas that I tried but they weren't working for me. I have felt blocked lately, like many of my other creative friends. And then it dawned on me. I haven't been painting my beloved ravens for a long time. It's as if I had abandoned them without even noticing until painting wasn't making me happy any more.
I hope for my sake they're back to stay.
So here is today's alla prima painting, Raven Totem.

acrylic paint on canvas, 4" x 12'x 1 1/2" deep. Soon to be available on Etsy or perhaps YART


  1. I love them Lo!
    Yup, your ravens are your totem...follow them and you can't go wrong.


  2. i blew it up and tried to catch my breath....


  3. Oh my gosh, this is stunning!!! Come back ravens!!! Beautiful Laurel!!!

  4. Just breath-taking, Laurel. Some jawdropping happening on the west coast with this one.

  5. I love your gleaming blue-black ravens. The composition is awesome.

  6. You KNOW I love this!!!! Blue-Black-Purple-Winged Ravens.....and those berries!!!!

    HEAVENLY!!! Yes, don't ever stray too far from your Totem!!!!!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  7. Your painting style always always makes me smile. You are simply just so good at it. And I did think of you each time we saw a huge raven on our recent road trip and there were many of them!!! I am glad they and you are here to stay!

  8. the ravens came to rescue you from your "block.' They are so lovely.

  9. These are just beautiful - I see your ravens and realize I have a long way to go before I can even draw ravens as well as you. I love the deep colors - it is really just beautiful.

  10. It's really beautiful lo. i hope the ravens have worked their magic and your block is gone now.

    have a wonderful inspired week ahead!
    xoxo lori

  11. Oh wow Lo isn't this wonderful!!!!
    So beautiful! Doing what what touches your heart will give you back the fun in painting. And this one is so you!!! Perfect!
    Hope you can hang on to the joy and inspiration tpainting this must have brought you.


  12. I agree with Suki...the Ravens came to help you unblock...and what a remarkable gift they gave all of us, as a result. I love this painting...really, I wish my creativity was half as blocked as yours was, heh!! xx

  13. You obviously broke through your block. It's magical and feel of feeling. I love your raven work. Thank you for the inspiring piece and giving back creatively!

    Happy new week to ya !

  14. So lovely Lo. Ravens are your thing, I used to paint them a lot too, I still love them and always love seeing yours. Glad they are back. xoxo

  15. Keeping your values SO close to each other really gives this piece a mysterious mood.


  16. YOu do these so well. I think of you everytime I see the painting I have of yours. :)

  17. Your totem is quite handsome. I have missed seeing it pop up now and then. I hope you muse hears its call and is stirred by the flapping of its wings.

  18. oooh - lovely! Wonderful format & composition too