22.75" x 21" Watercolor, Ink, Gouache, Acrylic and Graphite - August 2020 to June 2022
I broke my left arm and right hand on August 11, 2020, right after starting this piece. So there was a long pause...Taking such a long break on this changed my ideas as it progressed. I was also reading about Jung and mandalas which altered my thoughts as well.
Critically endangered crows - the Hawaiian Alala and the Guamanian Mariana Crow. The Alala is currently extinct in the wild, hard to imagine that crows could be pushed out of any ecosystem.
Central black space with woven snakes and feathers at the bottom. The Chaos demon (Egyptian myth) weaves - makes me think of giant webs... living web or fabric. The whole piece reads like a web over a black hole to me now.
Central deep grotto, dark hidden crystals. "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek..."
...beneath the floor of the comparatively neat little dwelling that we call our consciousness, goes down into unsuspected Aladdin caves. There not only jewels but also dangerous jinn abide: the inconvenient or resisted psychological powers that we have not thought or dared to integrate into our lives. Joseph Campbell, Hero With a Thousand Faces.
A journal entry about my local crows: "This morning I was out front and I heard what I thought was a hawk circling around a giant pine tree in my neighbor’s yard. I looked up and only saw a crow flying around and around, the sound was coming from him, not from a hawk. The call was a bit off, squeaky sort of, and thin, but the notes were all in the right places. A hawk flew in from the west and chased the crow away, it flew off making the shrill "squeak" that hawks make. The real hawk settled into a nest high up in the pine tree. I am assuming that the crow was attempting to trick the baby hawks into revealing their hiding spot."