"Mystery of the Void" Raven Series (a pyrographic painting)

I burnt the image into the plywood panel before adding textural background and the acrylic paint to present the raven emerging from the Void. This painting has a more iconic look than the previous ones.

Black has, so some Native Americans, been a colour of magical power, and only to be feared if misused. Raven symbolizes the void -a mystery regarding that which has yet been formed.. Ravens have been symbolic of the Black hole in Space, which draws in all energy toward itself and releases it in new form. The iridescent blues and greens and reds that can be seen upon the glossy black feathers of the raven represent the constant change of forms and shapes that emerge from the vast blackness of the void. I felt that as the raven left the Void its iridescence would be heightened -that fresh energy one feels just after the success of a great feat or exertion. Raven's element is air, and the raven thus is a messenger spirit, projecting magic over great distances.


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