Work In Progress

Gyrfalcon @ 20 Aug 2016 - Rik Rawling

I spent most of yesterday edging this painting closer to completion. Here’s where it was 2 days ago:

Gyrfalcon pencils 18 Aug 2016

I’ve learnt over time that my best work emerges from a loaded shadow of influences that seemingly bear no relation to the finished piece, so while on the surface this is just a painting of a bird, there’s a lot of other things feeding into it, including (to name just a few) – W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming, Stanley Spencer’s memorial chapel at Sandham, John Burnside’s I Put A Spell On You, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away.


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