Akiko Watanabe’s Ravens

Akiko Watanabe was born and raised in Japan. She studied electrical engineering, Japanese art and culture, and English, and became a professional technical translator of English and Japanese. In 1981 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she and her husband share their home with their large family of rescued cats, who are often the models for her art.

Akiko was always interested in art and is self-taught in painting. Her media include acrylics, watercolor, and pastel, and her favorite subjects include cats and wildlife, sometimes with a Japanese theme. Her ravens and crows are depicted in loving detail and vivid color, giving life to this otherwise mostly despised Japanese icon.

You can purchase prints from Akiko at her Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alice Richard’s Dreamland

Dreamland is a series from illustrator Alice Richard inspired by the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, intended to accompany the spectacle by the same name played by EidÔloN.

As is commonplace with Poe, Crows and Ravens make an appearance throughout the series without having to be intriduced formally by the words.

[one_half]By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule-
From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE- out of TIME.

Bottomless vales and boundless floods,
And chasms, and caves, and Titan woods,
With forms that no man can discover
For the tears that drip all over;
Mountains toppling evermore
Into seas without a shore;
Seas that restlessly aspire,
Surging, unto skies of fire;
Lakes that endlessly outspread
Their lone waters- lone and dead,-
Their still waters- still and chilly
With the snows of the lolling lily.

By the lakes that thus outspread
Their lone waters, lone and dead,-
Their sad waters, sad and chilly
With the snows of the lolling lily,-
By the mountains- near the river
Murmuring lowly, murmuring ever,-
By the grey woods,- by the swamp
Where the toad and the newt encamp-
By the dismal tarns and pools
Where dwell the Ghouls,-[/one_half]
[one_half_last]By each spot the most unholy-
In each nook most melancholy-
There the traveller meets aghast
Sheeted Memories of the Past-
Shrouded forms that start and sigh
As they pass the wanderer by-
White-robed forms of friends long given,
In agony, to the Earth- and Heaven.

For the heart whose woes are legion
‘Tis a peaceful, soothing region-
For the spirit that walks in shadow
‘Tis- oh, ’tis an Eldorado!
But the traveller, travelling through it,
May not- dare not openly view it!
Never its mysteries are exposed
To the weak human eye unclosed;
So wills its King, who hath forbid
The uplifting of the fringed lid;
And thus the sad Soul that here passes
Beholds it but through darkened glasses.

By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.[/one_half_last]

You can view the entire series here or visit Alice Richard’s gallery here.

Raven Art of Brian Commerford

Midnight Magic

Brian Commerford’s command of color and texture is unmatched when it comes to depicting the Ravens of his New Mexico home.  Such a common icon of death, darkness, gothic culture, and bleakness, the Raven rarely gets such bold and revered treatment.

Inner Knowing

“I try to express the spiritual qualities of animals and birds through composition, color, and brushwork.  I try to create a vibrational stamp that reflects whatever spiritual quality or qualities that I’m trying to express in that particular piece.  I use alot of close-ups because I want a fairly intense experience, such as gentleness, joy, love, to be felt by the onlooker.”

The Raven's Prayer

More than just a Raven lover, Brian’s art and photography offer an intimate view into his tranquil sensibilities, covering cats to desert sunsets, elephants to buddhas.

“I follow the teachings of Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, and share an interest in the Native American medicine of the animals. I am an avid motorcyclist, and when not painting, may be seen flying down the roads of New Mexico. My motorcycle paintings express the magical world of speed and torque! Riding high powered motorcycles is a transcendental experience. I try to convey the beauty of moving through different lines in space. “

You can view these selections and many more, as well as purchase prints and cards, by visiting the Brian Commerford gallery here.

Beth Surdut Raven Art Exhibition

Beth Surdut‘s new solo exhibit Listening To Raven contains several new pieces and opens at the Randall Davey Audubon Center July 9 from 5-7 pm. She has cordially invited our readers in the New Mexico area to attend!  Beth will also be included in the Randall Davey Wildlife Invitational through June 30.
You are also invited to head over and share your  Raven stories at the Randall Davey Sanctuary for a potluck on July 22 at 5:30 pm and connect with other Corvid Connoisseurs!


Says Beth, “Prior to moving to New Mexico,  I spent the best part of three years canoeing with Florida alligators, earning the nickname “Gator Girl and creating a series of luminous paintings on silk called Enigmatic Paradise. Sojourns in the jungles and waters of Hawaii, Indonesia, and the Caribbean enhanced my experiences and design capabilities. Art and writing intertwine my love of creatures and the ironies of humans interacting with them.

More than two years ago, Raven, Bringer of Magic, called me to the high desert to create the art and story of Listening To Raven ~ Drawings, Myths & Realities, an ongoing exploration of science and spirit. These detailed story drawings, created with pen and pencil, heart and mind, are a vision quest expanded by paying attention to small moments.

My intent was to get to know the bird intimately by spending time with the nuances of color, form, stance, personality and stories that fly through time and cultures. Whether at the giant playground of Tent Rocks, the dancing sculptures of the Bisti badlands, or the pungent local dumpster, Raven showed himself to me, even watching me draw every day for three weeks in Florida as I prepared for my move to Santa Fe. The drawings stem from watching, listening, reading and dreaming. I have no pet ravens, nor do I want to domesticate a wild creature. If anything, I sometimes wish I could shape-shift and trade my human form to be able to soar and play as the ravens do. I do put out raw chicken eggs for ravens in my neighborhood and mimic their calls, which I see as akin to learning enough of a foreign language to be polite when I travel.

When I began the Listening To Raven exploration, I had no idea that people would respond by bringing their personal stories of delight and loss, or that humans who had never paid attention to birds would catch my enthusiasm and eagerly present me with Corvid tales.”

Keep up with Beth here: http://surdut.blogspot.com/
To view her new work in its entirety, click here

In the Nest


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Featured Artist: Craww

Graphic designer and artist, Craww plies his trade from the fair city of Sheffield in the UK. Craww likes ambiguity. Pretty things in dark places, nasty things masquerading in beauty, hidden stories and happy accidents. He likes skulls, tattoos, crows and melancholic girls with big hands. Combining Photoshop with pencil, paint, way too much spilt ink and whatever else is at hand, he aims to bring his stream of consciousness doodlings to life with a mix of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos.

His dark and creepy imagry appears in traditional art pieces, t-shirts, and wall graphics from Blik.

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Wall Graphics

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For more, visit http://www.craww.com/