…..Keeping Watch

April 7, 2016

Our little Gallery in the small city of Kamloops, B. C.’s historic Courthouse (1911) has a Featured Artist offering every month and May will be my month to put on a display of recent miniatures.  So now it is a matter of working towards having a good showing.

Raven Watch

“Keeping Watch”

watercolour on Saunders Hot Press #140 lb paper, 4″ x 6″

I can’t quite explain why it is that depictions of Ravens sell so well, but they do.  So it is a pleasure to be able to comply and feed the need, so to speak.  They are indeed a very symbolic and ancient bird whose fame is heralded in many countries and cultural legends concerning them abound.

Out taking photographs of them this week, I came across a pair whose size was truly astonishing and whose throaty calls echoed off the nearby boulders and across the wide Thompson River.  Once that is accomplished, it is a matter of trying to place them in a scene which has definite mood and emotional impact.

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23 Responses to “…..Keeping Watch”

  1. My pleasure! 💕

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  2. Dear Sharon, I’m honoured. Thank you for being so supportive, always!

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  3. Eileen, I am SO glad you find the mood works for you! Thank you for telling me this.

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  4. Thank you very much Teri!

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  5. Thank you Cris, and yes! sound effects! I do not personally have any recorded Raven calls and accompanying clicks, etc. Their range of sounds and assorted rasping is quite something, eh?

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  6. THANK YOU Barry Comer! It is a great thing to be complemented by you as I am a big fan.

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  7. Cynthia, I must say I do like your new portrait photo very much and appreciate so much your (always) supportive comments on my work. Indeed, January fits this like a glove–and I just do love January (smile). There’s something about being kept enclosed and warm and safe when outside is anything but, eh?

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  8. Cathe said

    Beautiful ravens and painting.

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  9. Dear Lance, this dreamy painting makes me so happy. Your Raven’s are so wise.

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  10. I love the mood of Keeping Watch. Really awesome.

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  11. Thank you so much Charlie–I am so enjoying your paintings of exotic animals, most of which I’ve never even heard of–co colourful and unusual!

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  12. This is so beautiful and magical that I know it’ll sell quickly! ❤

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  13. Ah yes! Susan, you live just a hop skip and jump from us — in BEAUTIFUL Salmon Arm (is there a place more artsy than Salmon Arm, I ask you? um noooooo) It would be a delight if you ever did stop in….I work Saturday mornings usually (not always tho) http://www.kamloopscourthousegallery.ca

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  14. This is wonderful lance, these birds hold such a mystery, that only they know. I think this would be great on a card.

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  15. Really. And truly. They need to let us embed sound effects because I have a nice little assortment for this (when words seem so predictable and fiddly).

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  16. I love your work in particular, this piece. It is symbolic.

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  17. I find “Keeping Watch” very, very beautiful. If you ever decide to do a calendar of ravens, this would be a perfect January.

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  18. You will have an AWESOME show! Love your miniatures, Lance. Congrats! Would love to see it! Hope you’ll share photos of the show.

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  19. Congratulations! Kamloops is close enough I could actually visit!

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