Camping and Crows

so, i've been away for a few days....camping by the seaside.....and holy crow!!! sooooo many crows where we were, it becomes easy to see their routines and habits....not a robin in site.....and as you know, i LOVE crows.....and even though they are not a large part of my current body of work, when i see them i wanna play with the image.....these are quickie playtime shots from my visual journal.....so, not too much thought put in...just playing with colour and shape.....
sketchbook crows

 this second image is quick drawings with a sharpie felt pen, and then filled in with all colours that pleased me in the moment.....plus, polka dots!!!! this is different shots of the same curious crow as the keyboard played on the beach...checkin' it out....

more observations

 and then.... dogs are actually part of my current glass work....i am having a solo show on aug.4th, on gabriola, and will be showcasing "jolene" my life size dog sculpture.....she is sassy and cute, and i am lovin' her alot.....anyway, on this next page are some quick drawings, again with a sharpie....the type of dog kinda looks like my old dog, sarah, who has been gone awhile now.....she taught me alot....i think dogs really are quite buddha nature....they definitely live for the moment....the same path is filled with new delights on a daily basis....i attempt to capture that feeling now and then when i am walking....before bizzzzzy brain starts up again....it's a process.....ahhhhh......

buddha nature

Colourful Crows and Finding Home

Finding Home 3' x 4'  mixed media on canvas

crows have appeared in my work again this year....and of course they are a constant in my life....crows are very adaptable and extremely clever so i think everyone can relate to the crow....crows are a relatively new addition to my work, in the last couple of years....i have long been inspired by them, however i have been reluctant to use the imagery in my work...partly because 2 of my fave artists, Grant Leier and Sheila Norgate have been using these images in their work for some time now....however, on good advice from them, i have discovered that all images are up for grabs.....you just have to take it and make it your own...put your own unique twist on it, as only you can do....if it's calling to you, don't resist...

Crows  16" square glass

and so, this is what i do.....i actually made steel and glass sculptural crows last year...they were funky...i'll post a pic of them next time....