This one seems like such a departure from the rest of the series, but it also seems to be a natural progression (and a potentially optimistic one).
First: It's impossible not to notice the symbolism of the white cross, a squared SUN cross, which introduces an entirely new tone to the crow (which seems to be the conjunction of the circus and the house of corrections). Whereas the windows in those paintings were generally dark, this composition also presents a white window frame with the four paintings as the panes. The window "admits" light.
Second: The composition is in four quarters. If one reads the arrangement like a comic book (left to right, top to bottom), the story is optimistic, because it ends in light, paralleling the sun cross symbolism. (In some myths, the crow is the one who flew to the sun to bring fire to humans. A local one, from this region, is "The Rainbow Crow," which oddly enough is associated with the colors of a circus: [link])
But the title of the piece also suggests a clock (seconds), in which case one might read the panels clockwise, beginning with panel #2. That sequence gives more of a seasonal story that ends in darkness. It appears, at first, that the two readings contradict each other, but they actually complement each other. Both are about the return of the light (one being the archetypal story of the solstices and equinoxes and the other a narrative about emerging from darkness).
many thanks for your indepth analysis. I particularly like the thought of reading the "panes" clockwise...that adds some new aspects to the painting I didn't see before. I've read about the Crow in mythology (because I was thinking of getting a crow / raven tattoo ).
to me darkness is comforting and calming so I'm not afraid of the story's "end" being dark..it's a good thing to me, especially complementing the light.
well the crow is alone, yet not. it needs to travel (on its own).
In English, panes sounds like "pains" -- which coincidentally resonates with the piece. I'm guessing that in Europe, one of the prominent archetypes of the crow/raven is associated with Munin and Hugin -- the birds of Odin ONE EYE (as in one-eye-cat). Memory and Thought. (Perhaps the other raven has the eye/I?)
Also -- this might be of interest to you -- when a crow closes its eyes the world goes WHITE and not BLACK (at least according to Castaneda's Don Juan and from my experience).
I should say before I paint. I take a brush wet with water and smoosh it in where there is shades and shadows, then let it dry. It mixes with the paint making prelimiary areas darker in flesh tones wherever it is.
you take abstraction and move it into realism and then back to where you wonder how you did it very nice quartet really there are some surprising elements ion this one each window is solid on it's own and then they work so well as an animated still film
as some hippie said at Woodstock no doubt Groovy!!!
yes, I did that....funny how that is...and the process too....like i was lost in the first picture here and slowly found my way to the light. and animated still film - ohhh I like that comparison. thanks so much for your support Doc!