I love painting Ravens.  To me they are a mystical bird.  Did you know that Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Parrots are the most intelligent birds? Their intelligence is said to be on par with dolphins and chimpanzees.  Swedish scientists have shown that ravens have the ability to form memories similar to humans.

Ravens have at least 7 different calls and can imitate the calls of other birds, (jays, geese and crows)

In Greek mythology, Ravens are associated with Apolio, the God of Prophecy.  They were said to be a symbol of bad luck, and were the God’s messengers in the mortal world. 

The Raven is symbolic of mind, thought and wisdom according to the Norse legend as their God Odin was accompanied by two Ravens, Hugin who represents the power of thought and active search for information.  The other Raven, Mugin represented the mind. 

 When Raven as a spirit animal guide comes cawing loudly into your life, it marks a moment to pause and give serious consideration to the messages coming your way.

The Ravens of The Tower of London are a group of at least 6 Ravens that live at the Tower.  Their presence is believed to protect the Crown Jewels and Tower.  A superstition holds that if the Ravens are lost or fly away the Crown will fall and Britain with it.  A Raven keeper is even employed to care for and feed the Ravens.

Time to Start Christmas Shopping

Original Art is a wonderful gift for those hard to buy for people in your life.  People love owning a one of a kind piece of original art rather than art prints from box stores.  

For the woman in your life, how about “Girly paintings”

Girly Stuff

For the wine lover in your life

Love of Red Wine

For the Man in your Life, Rusty Trucks

Check back often, I will be working on paintings that will make a great gift for both men and woman in your life. 

“Apple Jack”

Today I finished painting “Apple Jack”, a handsome Donkey enjoying an apple.  He is painted with acrylic paint on a 16″ x 20″ wrapped canvas. 

Sketch photo of Jack the Donkey
Progress of Layering the paint
Finished Painting

Feathered Friends

This is my latest painting of a gang of Chickens, two roosters and a hen.  A bright and colorful painting to enhance your Modern Farmhouse decor.  I have added a few pictures of progress paintings to show the different stages a painting goes through prior to being finished.

Feathered Friends Painting Progress Photos


Hello Art Lovers!

Welcome to Art By Sheila.  It is always fun to see photos of paintings as they  progress.  When painting with Acrylics, the paintings are built in layers.  The painting has what I call an “Ugly Stage” as you work applying the layers of paint.  Eventually, your beautiful finished painting emerges.  I will post a few of the progress paintings in the blog.  Enjoy!