I was given the book "Crow Planet" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. It was a wonderful book and really suited me. I am not a scientist and really only an amateur naturalist. I have lived close to crows my whole life and that is no big deal, since it is they that choose to live near us. When I lived in Illinois, they were an integral part of the landscape. Here in Upstate NY, they are in my yard!
So I decided to feed them. I had a regular stock of fat field mice that got caught in the basement of my farm house and slowly (two years) I gained their trust.
I can now whistle them in for a tasty varmint. Here is one now, but always with a guard!
Above are two paintings, the first on the left is actually the sketch for the second. I needed to do a full size sketch because it was intended as a possible commission and needed to be seen in the proposed space. I am happy with it and the commission was granted, but the canvas and stretcher quality was questionable, so I decided to do it over again. Here is the under-painting next to the sketch.
My finished painting, at the top, is a recollection and not from life.
I particularly like the visual activity on the sides of our roads and the movement of the eye from close to far and back again. The completed painting is all from a combination of visual memories, and a small amount of photo reference, all to support the feeling, more then to document the scene