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Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 14, 2013: Jephyr's Latest Digital Painting


Hope yer feeling great today!

I call my latest digital painting (posted below) "Consider The Ravens"...after the biblical quote from Luke 12:24:
24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom
or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds.


As I wrote in my last post...I have a number of unfinished digital paintings I've been tinkering around with and have decided it was high time to finish some of them.

I keep a file of these "works in progress" and so after I finished my last painting I went back through some those images and came across a crow "photo study" I'd started long ago.

(find info on the reference photo I used below *)

As you might note, I've decided to challenge myself to create more involved backgrounds in my images...something I haven't done a lot of but know I really need to work on.

"Consider The Ravens", Copyright 2013, Jephyr (Jeff Curtis), All Rights Reserved
"Consider The Ravens", Digital Painting, Copyright 2013, Jephyr (Jeff Curtis), All Rights Reserved

So as I painted the crow I began adding desert background behind it...echoing landscapes  I've seen on hikes up the Lost Dutchman's Trail just a few miles east of where I live.

I worked a lot to balance the "dark and light" values I wanted.  Even so, I was disappointed to find that exporting it from a Photoshop .psd file to a .png file for the interent completely crushed a LOT of details in the darker areas.


So I tried to balance the image you see above by using different layer groups and level adjustments in Photoshop in an effort to match my original painting as much as possible.

This is one of the downsides to sharing art on the internet for sure.

Note:  The reference I used to paint the vultures circling over head came from a photo I took at the Salt River just east of Phoenix last summer.

Anyway...hope you like my latest digital painting!  I'd be very happy to receive feedback on it!


* Thanks to "SalsolaStock" found on deviant art who provide reference images for artists...and allow them to be used royalty free when you meet their "rules of use":

Direct link to the image I used:


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  1. I absolutely love this! There is a haunting, atmospheric, dreamlike quality to it that is extremely intriguing. The colors are perfect (those tones are my personal favorites) and so is the contrast between light and dark.
    I don't know much about art but I know what I like and you hit center target with this one.

  2. ARRRGGHH...the reply button isn't working again...hope you see this Jon.

    Thanks so much for your kind words about this painting. I'm very pleased you like it!!

    Hope all is well for you...and that you're not completely burned to a crackly crisp in the Texas sun! :)

    Thank you again!