Wednesday, February 03, 2010
A murder of crows. Why are they called that? I think its more the poetic terminology for a group of crows or ravens and the scientific word for the collective would be flock, like most other birds.
I'm working on the background for the crow painting and am not happy with it so far Its just....blah. I may see if I can save it or simply add the piece to the never never pile in the big drawer. I hadn't planned a background for this piece as it wasn't intended as a full painting, more an exercise in colour and form. Then I got carried away. Not always a good idea.
There are elements of this that I like, but a lot I don't. I accept that everything I do won't turn out to match the vision in my head. I also accept that each piece whether good or bad becomes a learning experience for me.
Update: I've added this image Feb 4/10 as a better resolution image of the crow itself and a meeker background.
And now for the murder of crows. In Ottawa, every night a huge number of crows gather near the Experimental Research Farm to roost. Dusk or dawn you can see, and hear them in their hundreds. What makes them gather - and only in fall and winter - no one is really sure. There is a thought that these are the younger birds but no concrete research has been done that I know of.