Monday, August 17, 2009

Crow King

Salvaged wood, oil paint and wax medium, found glass jewel. 3.5" x 5" x 1" thick.

I found the wood, complete with interesting holes, along the railroad tracks a block from home. The jewel, I found about 15 years ago along the street where I grew up in North Ft. Myers. I had no idea what I'd ever do with it, but I simply couldn't let it go.

Now I have; the Crow King is sold and is winging his way to his new home with my friend MJ, down in DeLand, FL.


  1. Greetings. Do you realize there is such a creature as a Crow King? Crows have conventions. They meet in large numbers every few months to socialize. How do they know when and where to meet? The Crow King determines it! I have attended several conventions, as I call them. They are members of little clans of say five to ten and they gather together and intermingle and catch up on who's doing what to whom and to tell the latest tales. What prompted you to your vision of the Crow King?

  2. I'd never heard of conventions of crows, although I suspect I've seen them around the Twin Cities this year. A whole tree in winter, leafed out all in black birds.

    It was the triangular cut-out piece in the wood that made me think of a bird's beak, and then the hole was where the heart might be, and I'd created a crow with a jewel-heart before. As for the crown, there was no particular thought behind it; it was something that occurred to me and felt right, so I did it. Possibly because the bird's position -- which I couldn't change because of where the beak-shape was -- meant I needed something to add an extra vertical element to the painting.