Clarion Call – Bird #53 of 100

A clarion call is a strongly expressed demand or request for action. This crow chose the top of a dead tree to express his demands. His requests were not completely clear, but maybe he was trying to tell us humans to clean up our acts.

This is a torn paper collage on gallery-wrapped canvas, with gold acrylic paint highlights.

Clarion Call 20″ X 16″ X 1.5″ Paper Collage and Acrylic on canvas.
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Mixed Media Crow Study – Bird # 51 of 100

Moving from the graphite version of this fine fellow, I decided to do a watercolour study this time. As if often does with me, it turned into a bit of mixed media piece. So, here we have watercolour, a tiny touch of ink, some watersoluble graphite, and just a smidge of gouache. As always, my camera has washed out the blue background some. It’s more vibrant in real life.

Next up will be the seagull in watercolor. At least, that’s my intention! Who knows? And then all three of these birds will get the collage treatment.

Black Crow cawing on the stump of a dead tree. Mixed media on paper.
Crow Study – Mixed Media on paper 7 X 5″
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Crow Study – Bird #48 of 100

Here’s another of my Nova Scotia friends. This guy (or gal) had a favourite perch on the top of a dead tree. He liked to tell everyone about it. Every day. Loudly!

This is another graphite sketch, done just for me! (And to share here.) I’m probably going to explore these further, using mixed media or collage, or maybe watercolour!

Crow Study 4″ X 5″ Graphite in Sketchbook. (NFS)

An “Unkindess” of Ravens! Birds # 27, 28, and 29 of 100

According to Lifescience.com, “A group of ravens is called an “unkindness” or “conspiracy,” which seems fitting, since ravens are traditionally considered creepy; in fact, seeing many of them in one place can induce Hitchcockian “The Birds”-like flashbacks in even the least ornithophobic (those people with a fear of birds).”

I, however, find ravens and crows fascinating because they are so smart, and also beautiful with their glossy black feathers and large size.

I’ve been experimenting with mixed media quite a bit in my bird series. I did these two trouble-makers with a mix of acrylics, colored pencils, and soft pastels. Here are Heckle and Jeckle!

Heckle – Mixed Media 5 X 7″ on paper $45 CAD plus shipping and handling
Jeckle – Mixed Media 5 X 7″ on Paper $45 CAD plus shipping and handling



I also had a chance to try out some water soluble graphite with help from my friend Tom, who kindly let me use them for this guy:

Loudmouth – Graphite on paper 8″ X 10″ $100 CAD plus shipping and handling.