Raven painting by Þorgrímur Andri Einarsson

Raven, oil on linen, 8 x 10in

 

Raven painting by Þorgrímur Andri Einarsson

Raven ll, oil on linen, 8 x 10in

 

The raven, one of my favorite birds. Here in Iceland they are called Krummi and they are very common both in the country side and here in Reykjavík. A pair of them live in my neighborhood and I often see them flying around the rooftops and sitting on light poles. I could actually hear them calling outside my studio window while I was painting one of these studies.

I wanted to create a very loose and energetic feel to these paintings, mostly focusing on drawing, color temperature and edges. I am trying to imitate the way we (or I) observe things in nature. Very often we can not distinguish where one thing ends and another begins, and the way to achieve that effect in painting is through the use of values and edges. Also, I am trying to be unrestrained, but at the same time very intentional with my brushwork, keeping it very loose where I wanted to be, and very tight where I need it to be.