Didn’t See Nuthin’

28 May

The very sound of the word crow conjures up a myriad of emotions within us – from contempt to outright dislike with awe somewhere is the mix.  We seldom start with awe.  And yet, crows are fascinating and highly intelligent ( link to David Suzuki Murder of  crows)

They are somewhat paintable (is this even a word?) as well.  Mostly seen as a silhouette against the as they are sooo black. But up close there are hints of iridescence with muted mauves and blues – if you can get up close, they are timid – need a really long lens.

So, I was thinking there is a series in painting crows.  Thinking the next and third painting will be a solitary crow.

Mentioned this to my friend Donna Snyder  and she said “oh no, one crow sorrow”.  Huh?  She then recited a poem about counting crows.  We then proceeded to search for this nursery rhyme on-line…

One for sorrow , Two for joy,Three for a girl,Four for a boy.Five for silver,Six for gold,Seven for a secret; never to be told.Eight for a wish,Nine for a kiss, Ten for a time of joyous bliss.

Then we thought – great idea for a series of paintings to mirror the nursery rhyme.  However I am not really sure how many crow paintings I have in me.  I have paintings two paintings complete one with two and another with five crows – leaves too many more painting to be completed to match the poem.

And yet, somehow I think there may a poured painting in the mix

And with the cerulean love hate relationship thing – I am unsure of how may skies I want to lose sleep over!

Until next time…

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3 Responses to “Didn’t See Nuthin’”

  1. Emily May 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I think they look great Helen 🙂 AND love the thought of the series… but unfortunately I can only conjur up a few good visuals of crows… the rest involve side of the road scenes, which I am sure you don’t want to include in your paintings 🙂

  2. maxine wolodko May 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    I am fascinated by crows and their little society. I love this painting. You got them just perfect (and the branches too).


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