As The Crow Flies

This 12 inch square piece is acrylic on board. I combined imagery sourced from my collection of photographs to create the narrative.

This is the first time I’ve attempted something figurative on such a small scale. I’m not sure if it’s something I will repeat. Because the picture above is a close up cropped image you can get a good sense of the elements but viewing the piece from a distance (as in the un-cropped photo below) I feel like a bit of that is lost because of the size.

That said I don’t feel the piece is unsuccessful. I did establish a solid narrative theme, which was my original intent, as well as learned a bit about the ins and outs of working smaller.



  1. I’m not a painter though I understand your concerns, but I think you should give yourself much credit for this smaller work.

    Your girl has a sense of motion and direction and her mood is firmly conveyed. You have a sense of depth and distance in the dead winter grass, which is harder to achieve when painting grass late in the year without a strong bright sun to cast more defining shadows. Nevertheless, the dead grass helps strengthen the foreboding atmosphere, which makes this viewer ask lots of questions, which is surely the best outcome for a painting?

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    1. Working figuratively my intent is consistently to engage the viewer. If I have struck the right note here (as you’ve indicated) it’s a step in the right direction. That late year light is indeed a complex factor to work around particularly when defining the fore, middle, and background. Despite that it is a necessary element acting as a vital part of the narrative. Thank you so very much for your thoughtful feedback Kevin. It’s greatly appreciated. πŸ™‚

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  2. I just took time and tried to take it all in – it’s beautiful and intriguing. What is on her mind? The possibilities are endless. The scenery is so detailed it feels like you could step right into the picture but you don’t want to because the branches will crack and you’ll startle her. I love this.

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    1. I’m very glad you like it. I’m sure you can sketch. Really every one can draw. The trick, I think, is to not get discouraged if it doesn’t look exactly as you’d like right away. The more you do it the better you’ll be at it. I’ve created plenty of drawings and paintings that I wasn’t happy with but I think of them not as failures but as opportunities to figure out what does and doesn’t work for me. πŸ™‚

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