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THE WALL OF THE CROW - Raven ( crow, Sphinx, Pyramid, bird) series, etching, 5 inch x 7 inch 2011

In ancient times all ravens, crows and black birds were called crow. In Egypt vultures and crows were important to transport spirits to the afterlife. Crows represented faithful love, as people of the ancient world observed, they are monogamous. Horapollo wrote that when the Egyptians wished to show the union between Aries, god of war, and Aphrodite, goddess of love, they drew images of crows.

Today, The Wall of the Crow (Heit el-Ghourab) stands forgotten, obscured by the impressive monuments on the Giza Plateau. Long before the Great Pyramids or the Sphinx, this Neolithic wall was built as a gateway to the afterlife, the wall is 656 feet long, 32.8 feet high, and 39 feet thick at the base. In the center is the gate, with a massive lintel stone believed to weight 300 tones. It is the largest single stone in the Giza complex! The gateway was clearly important to the ancients but its meaning has been lost. But Crows have an excellent memory!!

Crow still chuckles
when he looks at the Pyramids.
4500 years ago the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx were built
and Crow began gloating. ....
He loved to remind the New Sphinx that
the Wall of Crows was older
He loved to belittle the New Pyramids by
flaunting his wall’s massive stone.

I often find inspiration from a traditional or historic account of the raven. First I decide on my title. Having a title helps me with the image and mood of the piece. Humor is often important but I also select titles that force the viewer to think more about the imagery.
Next I look through references to find the right pose or gesture for the raven or ravens. Then I spend hours doing preliminary sketches, followed by a series of drawings using pencil, traditional gouache (opaque watercolor), ink and charcoal. My next step involves using digital technology. I scan the drawings and rework them with Photoshop. This digital tool allows me to adjust the value of the drawing and I can even move and reorganize the image. I use filters if needed. Next I print the drawing from my computer and continue to draw with the traditional tools. I repeat this process several times so the traditional and new technologies merge seamlessly.
In 2009 I began working with photopolymer etching plates. In the past an etching involved coating the plate with a petroleum bases sealer then emerging the plate into vat of acid, cleaning with solvents, re-coating, and more acid baths. The process was extremely hazardous to the artist as well as the environment. In 2009 I began working with newly perfected and safe photopolymer etching plates. These are UV light sensitive printing plates, which are exposed in sunlight and processed in tap water!! In the past I would has spent 20-40 hours creating the printing plate. Now I use that time to do my finished drawing. I use my computer and printer to transfer my drawing onto a transparent sheet of plastic. This serves as my negative for the exposure to the sun! I use the photopolymer process to transfer the original drawing to a printing plate from which I can hand print an edition. Finally, I write a narrative. This usually takes me the most time of all!

Copyright Larry Vienneau. All Artwork is property of the Larry Vienneau and may not be reproduced, duplicated, or resold. The artist permits it’s for use on blogs or for educational purpose when image is not sold but is attributed to Larry Vienneau. Original artwork shall not be used for promotional/for profit or non-profit uses without permission. Copyright is retained by the artist following the sale of the item.

Pyramid, the Great Sphinx , Egyptian, Crow Raven artwork , etching, 5 inch x 7 inch 2011


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