I've had this idea for awhile of Crow Man on trial with crows as the judge and jury. This is the first Crow Man painting set in the interior. I started with a sketch, but I had a hard time envisioning a painting from the sketch. I also wanted to be able to do a "hands on" design. I went back to my elementary teacher comfort zone of scissors and construction paper.
Using this method, I was able to arrange the main features in several ways.
I liked the third set-up best, finding it most dynamic and placing the Crow Man in a position of being scrutinized by both judge and jury.
Next step was beginning the painting...
then grounding Crow Man by putting color in the foreground...
and I enjoyed playing around with variations on the theme of squares. Notice that the pattern of squares becomes very chaotic near Crow Man.
I'm never sure when I'm first finished with a peice if it will need further work. I have placed two symbols in the hands of Crow Man that make sense to me. Do they resonate with you? Is a verdict forthcoming?