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Raven's Grief by Tiffany Toland-Scott

Raven's Grief
by Tiffany Toland-Scott

Prompt: Raven's Grief
prompted by: Jo McQuillan, during Sketch Fest #9 (January, 2011)

HB, 8B and 9B graphite pencils on 5x7 hotpress watercolor paper, and a spot of watercolor that seems to have soaked through from the last project. Various references used. When I lived in Arizona, I loved to watch the ravens collect shiny junk on the side of the freeway. I guess no one knows for sure why they do it, but it's amusing to watch them pile it up and then sit there trying to figure out which is the BEST shiny, since they only have room to carry one.


mikka says: This also works nicely as "marble mania". Too many shiny options! ~ Reply?

Tiffany Toland says: Haha, well, most ravens tend to accumulate shiny pebbles, although I did see a few take metal soda caps, broken glass, and pieces of chrome detailing left on the shoulder from past car accidents. ~ Reply?

Ellen Million says: Heh! Poor Raven. What a dilemma! ~ Reply?

Jo McQuillan says: lol I like this, A lighthearted spin on my prompt. Thank You :) I find it interesting that Australian Ravens don't seem to have such a strong attraction to shiny things as their Overseas counterparts. Must be very funny to watch ^^ ~ Reply?

Tiffany Toland says: Jo, I think they are actually different birds. Even here in the US, they don't seem to know why they do it. They think it might be to impress other ravens, or maybe just because they like brightly colored objects. It is pretty hilarious to see though, especially when they squabble over junk. ~ Reply?

Jenny Heidewald says: I like your take! Like humans, they like pretty things. I did an article on them and they are fascinating. I liked this quote: "If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows" -Rev. Henry Beecher, 1810 ~ Reply?

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