Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Caw, Caw

My favorite noise is
any sound that comes out of a crow's beak.

Hmmm.  How many people would give that answer to the question: "What is your favorite noise?" 

This is the reply of Father Bill Moore, a resident artist in the Pomona Arts Colony in Southern California.  I like his work and am looking forward to meeting him at one of the Second Saturday Art Walks.

It was interesting that I came upon that bit of text today, as one of last year's brood has a particularly rough-sounding caw.  He is the only crow of the group who is distinctive to me, and this morning when I pulled in the driveway he flew to the lamppost and began his rusty call.  So I brought him some peanuts.  

Listen to a variety of crows :


Friday, May 16, 2008

ANYTHING GOES: A Small Works Show

 at The Folk Tree

May 31 - June 28, 2008

opening reception:  Saturday, May 31
2:00 - 6 :00 pm

217 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, California 91105

I am happy to say that my work will be included in the next exhibition at The Folk Tree in Pasadena, California.  This show celebrates many of the artists The Folk Tree has featured throughout the last twenty-two years, as well as some who are exhibiting there for the first time.

Approximately one hundred works of art are on view by as many artists. Each individual is invited to submit one piece. And, “almost anything” goes. Subject matter, style, and medium are open. As the title of the show implies, the only restriction relates to size. Two-dimensional pieces must not exceed 12” x 12”, three-dimensional 10” x 10” x 10”. The number and variety of pieces create a wonderfully eclectic visual experience.

Southern California has a vast and diverse artistic community. ANYTHING GOES: A Small Works Show is a tribute to this impressive group. 

Terry Davitt Powell

Blind Thought
Jacqueline Marks

Dinah Sargeant

Here Comes the Bus
Sumi Foley

Red Bird, Blue Bird
Suzanne Saul

The Folk Tree is located near the heart of Old Pasadena at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Gallery hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at 626/793-4828 or The Folk Tree at 626/795-8733.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Colossal Crow

Wouldn't you know it? There's a website listing the largest things in the world...so of course they list the World's Largest Crow. This fiberglass sculpture can be found in Belgrade, Minnesota. The giant Corvid perches on a 31-foot-long branch which is mounted on a 25-foot-tall pedestal. Total height: 43 feet.

click below for more crows!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The American Crow

"Okay, so where are the crows?" you are wondering. CrowCentric certainly seems to suggest that this blog would have something to do with crows. So enough with the backyard birds and on to the main topic. 

I am a painter and printmaker.  My work is focused on acknowledging the adaptation made by the wild animals and birds to the changes we have made in the landscape. The Peregrine Falcon nesting on big city skyscrapers is an excellent example.
I have taken a lot of photographs of crows to use as reference in my paintings and prints. I've looked around the Internet and book stores for information on crows.  After having to go to so many places, I thought that it might be a good idea to create a website as a central (centric) location for information, artwork, links, books, dealing with the crow.  I would appreciate input from one and all.  Please visit my websites.  Artwork is found at www.tdpowell.com and www.CrowCentric.com is the central spot for crow info.
Here's one of the photos from the "Juveniles" series on CrowCentric.com.  It was the end of summer, the juvies had become a little too aggressive in taking nuts from mom and dad and one of them got put in it's place!