Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Crows and Other Aves

4 Paintings, Oil on Board, 12" x 12" 
I love watching the crows come through our yard. They are so boisterous, and can show up seconds after food is tossed  on the ground.  One always comes alone sounding loudly, "food, food, food".  That scout stands strong in the trees watchful for any threat and caws, "all clear'.  When they flock their broad silhouettes are striking.  There very presence electrifies the air and seems to vibrate all around them.  

Crows are present in much folklore, myth and visual arts.  If you were to include ravens and blackbirds the list would grow.  My favorite piece of crow literature is the poem Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes. 

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