Fox has been wanting to reappear in one of my paintings, this time in celebration of a supportive community, good health, and friends. No better way than dancing with his his own friends, was my initial thought.
How quickly I realized Raven had been left out. Raven seems to have a way of thinking every show is his.
So, I made space for Raven at the bottom. All he did was watch while his friends danced. He also felt that a good dance should take place in the moonlight or in a void. So I put the moon in and that is when Ptarmigan had to fly by to balance things out.
Fox decided he needed to open his eyes a bit and pay attention to Raven. Owl was a little wary of the dance, trying to keep watch over two tricksters. But for the rest sheer fun and for me, I could start creating the world of color they would be in. I love layering pastels into a glowing background. Raven was feeling rather plain and began to complain.
Or, on a sandbar, I thought. With the Ocean. Raven's voice was loud and clear, "I want some of that red you gave Fox", he demanded. So I let him snatch a piece of red hair from Fox. Fox's eyes glared with highlights. I was getting frustrated. Time to pay attention to the other characters,strengthen their colors, add some highlights. And clean up my act...or the painting. Maybe Raven didn't stand out. He got a big lost without any of the red from Fox.
So, Raven was given some red and the void was deepened. Come on Raven, you have driven the artist crazy on this one, but I have to admit you have a nice red glow to your tail, and Owl approves, although he is still doing his balancing act. Now all we need is a better photo. And a word for Raven...I have to admit, your constant chatter made a better painting.
If you would like to read earlier installments of Painting The Sky, you can find them here.