Monday, November 5, 2012

"SACRED JOURNEY OF THE CROW" ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA ON STRETCHED CANVAS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Sacred Journey of the Crow"
4" x 5" oil over mixed media background
gallery wrap stretched canvas with lots o texture!!
$47 + $7 shipping in the US



I have been so excited about crows lately...painting them that is!  We have had an influx of them of late...don't know why, but I'm glad. I also go up the mountain to our local grocery and for some reason they love it up there...so there has been ample opportunity to get crow photos! YEA!

I used to be spooked by crows...I suppose it's all the horror stories I see...in these movies and in recent cultural lore crows have often been seen as a symbol of death and omens of bad things to come, BUT DID YOU KNOW that actually crows have been seen as sacred. Even in the bible crows have been seen as birds that brought bread, in many Indian cultures they are seen as supreme beings, they are seen as messengers.  Some really POSITIVE meanings for the crow. 

I've coupled this crow with a spiral; seems I've done that a good bit of late.  As I've also said before the symbolism of the spiral is a symbol of things like Balance, Progress, Direction, Initiation, Centering, Expanding, Awareness, Connection, Journeying, Development. THUS you can see how I came to the name.

For this little painting I chose to let the very textured background serve as the backdrop of the very purply dark bird who has landed for a moment of reflection before continuing on his journey; which I choose to be of enlightenment!  Don't we all need a bit of enlightenment from time to time!!

On the 24th of November I will be participating in a Christmas shopping event up in Conifer where I will bring this little guy for you to see in person if you like!!  More details will be oming soon!!

HAPPY CREATING!!

5 comments:

martinealison said...

Une superbe capture de ce corbeau... Il est vrai que nous entendons de nombreuses versions mauvaises sur cet oiseau.
Mon grand-père disait : "l'hiver sera précoce lorsqu'il les entendait croasser en fin d'été près des habitations".
Gros bisous

CrimsonLeaves said...

Not too long ago I saw a home video of a crow out of a window in Russia. He had found a jar cap and would take it to the point of the roof, set it down, step in, and sled down the snowy slope of the roof. Amazing to see it done once but the bird actually went back up with his lid/sled and repeated the process. What a lucky person to have caught such a wonderful thing on video. Birds are amazing and your crow is gorgeous.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Merci and thank you girls!

Dean H. said...

I love your crow painting, Saundra!
I have a very special place in my heart for crows.
Many years ago, as a lad, I adopted a crow that couldn't fly well enough to avoid predators. I named it Crawford and he was with me for years. He communicated with me through a varied vocabulary of clicks, clacks, and head posturings.
A very smart fellow.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thanks Dean, that is SO awesome! I know I've loved your crow paintings...now I know why they clicked so beautifully!

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