Gouache, with gold leaf over a red ground., 22.5 x 11 inches (57 x 28 cm), 2011.
If you are interested in the process of making this painting, and in particular the handling of the gold leaf, have a look at this facebook album:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150358116315730.398719.22600840729
This painting was inspired by the term ‘A Murder of Crows’ – a ‘Murder’ being the correct collective noun for a group of crows. There are a lot of very fanciful and inventive collective nouns. I once remember hearing that the Victorians were fond of making them up, and of course a quick scan around the internet will reveal that people are still inventing new ones. However, a Murder of Crows is a collective noun of some venerability, whose origins are lost in the mists of the mists of the 15th century: http://www.word-detective.com/2009/02/22/murder-of-crows-etc/. A curious and unsettling expression handed down through the centuries.