2nd Raven Illustration

Illustration in pen and ink, oil wash and NuPastel of raven atop column from cathedral st. Francis of Assisi

Here’s the second raven from my Cathedral of St. Francis series.

So we watched an episode of ‘Stephen Fry in America’ last night. We’ve watched one every once in a while and had reached the episode where he visits New Mexico. I pointed out, to my wife, all the places I had recently been. This was also the episode where he would be visiting my home state of Utah. Unfortunately, he only visited Lake Powell in the Southernmost corner of the state. That was disappointing. I thought he would at least go to the Salt Flats, Promontory Point or Temple Square. Oh well, he did interview a couple of Mormons in Las Vegas, right before he interviewed the owner of a brothel…?

Basically, I hope people don’t make all their judgments about the USA based on the places Stephen Fry visited.

Santa Fe Raven and Basilica

Earlier this Summer, I went with a group of artists from BYU to Santa Fe and various nearby sites. While in Santa Fe, I visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. I spent some time sketching the exterior and noticed that no two columns had identical capitals. In fact, they were each very unique. This inspired me to produce the work below, which is one of five ravens atop columns based on those from St. Francis Cathedral.

Ink and oil wash illustration of raven atop capital from cathedral basilica st. francis of assisi.

This is a photo I took at Goblin Valley, where we stopped on the way home. Nothing fancy, but it has that Southwesty feel and thus belongs here helping to describe the trip.

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