The first of two paintings I managed to finish at Jenny‘s wonderful watercolour workshop (tm), part II (what an output! I’m impressed by myself). Sudden inspiration hit me when re-reading Hamlet (I’m not kidding). This is based on the medieval/Renaissance belief that pelicans feed their own blood to their chicks. We pondered at the workshop whether the belief goes back to Pliny, and concluded that if it’s weird, it probably does. But if anybody else happens to know the source for the myth for sure, please fill us in!
Let me assure you that no pelicans were harmed in the process of making this picture, and it‘s probably the blood of its enemies. However, the scanner harmed the painting and reduced the very faint grey in the background to eye-burning white…
Watercolours and drawing ink, and I’m grateful for my fellow workshop participants for keeping me from over-working this (although I was kinda looking forward to work more on the blood…). Painting blood shouldn’t be so much fun. Or I shouldn’t like the WORD so much.
Yes, of course I needed references for this!
As for the painting, the feathers are beautifully done and the movement of the wings!
This and some more of your paintings had me glued to my computer all afternoon and until now (10pm) - while I should be doing other things
By the way, if you want sources for funny medieval stories about animals you might like www.bestiary.ca
The website looks awesome, though, thanks a lot!
Also for your nice commentary!
Since you raised the question I've done a bit of research to find out about the sources. Got it from this website: www.bestiary.ca Thought you might find it an interesting resource for funny medieval beliefs
As for the painting, you did the feathers beautifully and the movement of the flapping wings! This and some of your other pictures had me glued to my computer all afternoon and until now - while I should be doing lots of other things
Echt ein Highlight!
Großartiges Bild, ich finde die Komposition einfach super, genauso wie den Gesichtsausdruck des Pelikans. Sieht fast aus, als würde der überlegen lächeln.
In jedem Fall danke, freut mich sehr, dass das mir eher spontan gekommene Konzept funktioniert
Und Blut... also wirklich. Als könnte man zu wenig oder zu helles oder zu viel Blut malen. Oder das Wort nicht mögen.
Btw... was machst du überhaupt hier? Solltest du nicht im Kurs sitzen? o.O