Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Curious Crow by James Kitchen

In Africa crows are considered to be guides, protector spirits and messengers.They warn people that danger is approaching.

I love this hand carved flock of crows by Allen & Mary Dee

For some reason artists have found crows highly portrayable and a lot of the art portrays them in a humorous light. 

Another delightful crow, carved and handpainted by Allen & Mary Dee

When I was just a kid my brother arrived home with a poor pinioned crow that had been advertised in the Pets for Sale column. The owner couldn't handle him so my brother bought him for me to tame. Crow, however wasn't going to be tamed by anyone. He had the meanest of mean streaks and if he hadn't been pinioned we would have set him free.

We put him in the avery outside the bathroom window where he could chat to all the wild birds in the garden. He mimiced everything including running water, flushing toilets, ringing telephones and a whole repertoire of bird calls. He had us on the hop from morning til night and became extremely excited when we rushed around the garden looking for gushing taps and then back inside to answer the telephone.

Sculpture by Gunter Reimnitz

Eventually he managed to entice my Indian Minor (which I had reared from a featherless fledgling) to the wire and before anyone could blink he had yanked poor Zombie's head through the wire and swallowed it whole. That was the end of that...... Crow had to go!

Craven (half crow and half raven) by Rod Bearup

A friend of my husband's owned a pub....and a crow. The crow kept the patrons entertained every evening. She would strut up and down dipping her beak into glasses getting horribly drunk and rather raucous. Her favourite trick was to take an ice block out of a glass when nobody was looking and then rush to the other side of the pub challenging anyone to give chase. When she was sure that nobody was looking she would hide the ice block, either under the corner of a mat or behind a curtain. She then strolled nonchalantly to the other side of the room from where she kept watch, making sure nobody went anywhere near the hiding place. Of course the ice melted and inevitably she couldn't contain herself a minute longer and had to have a little peep at her hidden treasure.....only to find that it had been "stolen". She flew into a rage, jumping up and down flapping her wings much to the delight of all the patrons.

Clay crow sculpture by Virginia Wyoming

Crow or Raven art by Mark Orr


  1. Oh Robyn, As much as I am totally fascinated by crows... I am so sorry for your pet Zombie... I was horrified actually, by what happened to him and how you must have felt!!!!.. I never would have thought...

    But, Thank you for mentioning me... you are sweet! I absolutely love the various Crows you have shown here.. Such beautiful work.. But I am still sad about your pet!!

  2. Gwen, I was mortified at the time but I learned very quickly that in nature it's all about survival of the fittest, the quickest and the sharpest.

    The crows that you have sketched, painted, collaged and photographed are wonderful too!

  3. I didn't realize that crows were such clever creatures!

    Remember when Nicole Kidman sees the crows in "Cold Mountain"? They always give me the feeling of foreboding.

    Lovely carved crows here in your post.

  4. Very interesting! I've never known anyone who keep a crow for a pet. The bartender's crow sounds like his disposition was a tad better than your poor pet's was.

  5. I love your crow stories. In Ojibwe culture, the crow is sometimes viewed as a messenger between the spirit world and the earthbound, and is used as a channel for the imagination. Your collection of crows certainly stimulate the imagination!

  6. Willow, I've noticed that crows are used quite often in movies as a warning of sorts.

    Stevie, crows and minors can make very amusing pets....I suppose because they mimic so well.

    Kate, crow art seemed to pop up so often I started to save a few for this post.

  7. Great post. What wonderful work done by different people, love the metal sculpture the angle of the head i so characteristic of the crow.Crows are very clever.must check out the role of the crow in Indian mythology and folklore.

  8. Where do you manage to find all these fabulous sites and artworks?
    Thanks for sharing them with us

  9. Beautiful artworks! I'm quite fond of crows as well- really thought the bartender's crow was funny!

  10. Embellisher, I would love to know what you discover about the symbolism of crows in India.

    Ro, the problem is I can't get enough of the art on the internet so am constantly searching.

    Shayla, they do seem to be full of character and they don't miss a thing.

  11. These crows are so diverse, what a fascinating post. My favorites are the first, "Curious Crow," and the last, the crows on the pool balls. Amazing! Roxanne

  12. OK, I know he's not a crow, but your post and all the wonderful sculptures remind me of the metal penguin sculpture I bought at the "penguin beach" on the way to the Cape of Good Hope. There were all sorts of metal bird sculptures for sale in Cape Town, but this one was just perfect, as I loved getting so close to the penguins. He sits by my door, inviting me to more travels I believe!

  13. Robyn, thank you for such a wonderful post!!!
    I love crows too. I have some wonderful etchings, my father gave me of crows...he has also talked about the old superstitions surrounding these birds. Just fascinating....

  14. What a lovely post! I consider crows, raven, jays, rooks etc (Corvidae) to be my favourite birds and always have, since I was little. They're enormously clever and I've never for a moment saw them as the bad omen alot of superstition would have us believe.

    I expect their 'warning' association comes from their method of taking turns watching the area while their mate feeds. I once read they had a symbol of 'finding what's lost' to North American Indians. I went to see a house for rent last week (that I find out about tomorrow!) and two ravens said hello to me while I was there- odd, as I'd just said to my friend 'this is a lost house.' (hippy code for 'it needs alot of work!')

    When we went back a few days later, we discovered an old man living across the road who has two tame magpies. Nice co-incidence. :)

  15. Roxanne, Curious Crow is also my favourite and the flock of crows in the garden are so charming.

    Heather, I'd love to see a photo of the penguin. Metal bird sculptures are a big thing here but I don't think I've ever seen a penguin.

    Jo, thank you. The etchings sound lovely.

    little brown sparrow, I can't imagine anything in nature being a bad omen. Birds are a great help in the wild because if there is a snake nearby they kick up an awful fuss thus warning one of the danger.
    Looking forward to hearing whether you will be renting the house.

  16. I love the images you find to show! You keep me at the computer clicking on links much more than I should be but it's great eye candy.
    Susan Madden

  17. The crow is a wonderfully intelligent bird, in Aesop's Fables the crow outwits the wiley fox, in German literature famous stories of how smart crows and particularly ravens are abound. For Nth.American Indians it is a very powerful totem. Perhaps it was van Gogh's paintings of foreboding landscapes with crows, coupled with his suicide that started maligning them? Who knows, meanwhile they sit there and laugh at our human musings.

  18. Arija, they do indeed...sit there and laugh at us. Forever watchful. They never miss an opportunity.

  19. HOw could I have missed this wonderful post?
    I love every single piece!
    They are all wonderful as are your stories. I love them and read them out to my husband this morning as we drink coffee.