When we moved I tossed out a few works and gave away a few more-this one I was unsure of...
The canvas had already been part of a salvage process-that is my having taken a large 'magnificent failure'
and cutting it up to make what might be 2 or 3 works worth keeping.(OK maybe it wasn't magnificent -I just like the expression) -it WAS big- 5 feet by 7 feet
The Three Crows was the lower left side of the large original
The Crows Flying up the Valley was the upper section
This was inspired by a real experience of surprising a murder of crows(something I have seldom done)-I guess their watchman was asleep- they flew up that break between the trees into the setting sun.
The remaining area of the original(the bottom right) is the one I have been reworking and have now after only a week have concluded is worth keeping
The fence the crow is sitting on above is continued to the left in this, the final one with the Redeemed Sleigh.
After a few days of working mostly balancing the shapes and increasing the contrast, this is what turned out
This is fairly close to the final colour but the rusted reddish metal parts are not so
warm and the upper right corner is not so hazy
The weather has not been favorable for taking photographs of paintings -either too cold to take outside and my light in this studio room is too uneven and today it is raining.
by sheer luck I found this photograph from July 2010-the source of the above three canvases-
it was so big I had to construct a folding stretcher to transport it that explains the curve in the edges
I'm rather glad this does not exist any longer...
...makes me remember Al Purdy's Poem on admitting he has written some bad Poems.