G. Shinn

My interest in crows as a painting subject was initially sparked by reading books such as Lyanda Haupt's Crow Planet and John Marzluff & Tony Angell's In the Company of Crows and Ravens. Then I attended a workshop by noted calligrapher and typographer, Tim Girvin. There I was introduced to a tool called a KRINK or tagger's pen (also called an ink mop). It resembles a large, black, shoe polish dauber. I thought it would make an interesting drawing tool and began sketching crows in my sketchbook. This lead me to adding color using a hand-me-down 1940's Grumbacher pastel set. Working on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper the series developed into a mixed-media collection, using everything from the KRINK to gesso, colored pencils, oil crayons, sumi-e ink and acrylics.

 

The crow that started me down this path, drawn quickly with a graffiti artist's tagging pen called a KRINK.

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