Ink and watercolour on paper. 420 x 594 mm, 2021.
I had some uneasiness with rooks. Like most corvids in their groups they give a quite haunted feeling to any place, and the rook's face resembles the plague masks used in middle ages, so it's quite a scary bird. Or rather it was a scary one, as I painted this fluffy one (reference photo taken on a windy day) I saw the intelligence in his eyes and I can't really see them as frightening any more.
Yes the rook's face is not a cuddly one, but the beautiful irridescence in the black feathers and the elegance as they glide and land makes them outstanding. Once a rook landed just beside me on a fence, and didn't get scared when I looked him straight in the eyes. What I saw was an intimidating cunning, maybe with some curiosity. It's said corvids can recognise human faces! This is a remarkable bird who deserves the credit on a large, A2 sized painting.