A Murder of Crows

This morning I woke up hearing crows out my window. I know they’re loud, but they are so much more than just their volume. I’ve been interested in crows ever since I saw this remarkable PBS documentary.

CLICK HERE: A Murder of Crows PBS video

Crows are highly intelligent, social and community oriented.

Really, they are way cooler than you think.

You just might see crows differently if you learn more about them.

I certainly did.

I remembered an old painting of mine tucked behind paint cans in my basement. Here’s the original painting that was the basis for the other images.

“A Murder of Crows” 3′ x 3′, acrylic, 2010

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Here’s what I created from the original painting:

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Live Science CROW FACTS LINK

“Crows are extremely intelligent birds. They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills. For example, when a crow encounters a mean human, it will teach other crows how to identify the human. In fact, research shows that crows don’t forget a face.

Many types of crows are solitary, but they will often forage in groups. Others stay in large groups. A group of crows is called a murder. Murders of crows will ban together and chase predators in a behavior called mobbing. With some crow species, the yearlings and non-mating adults live in a group called a roosting community.”

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“It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.”   —Jean-Luc Godard   

Below are the other images I worked with. I took the photograph of Elizabeth Bunsen’s ecodyeing work. The painting was inspired by seeing sections of land when I fly home to South Dakota.

I love to layer and play with my photographs to create different worlds. I’m finding myself thinking/seeing in a very different way while I’m creating this digital collage work.

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when worlds collide/part II

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1. A side street in Florence, Italy

2. Dog Days Celebration, Burke, South Dakota 2014

my art wants a change of scenery too.

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boy on pier carving lillibridge dakota 1966old lady legs carving arno lillibridge dakota 1966beach roses town neck beach lillibridge

I am getting tired of the cold.

I think my paintings are too.

Look where they ended up?

girlhood

lucy and willa making facing lillibridge dakota 1966poster edges lillibridge dakota 1966

girls at the beach lillibridge dakota 1966hoola hooping girls lillibridge Lu Lu hair flying lillibridge

I didn’t quite achieve the effect I was seeking,

but I made a few more discoveries along the way that came out pretty cool.

I will keep trying adobe illustrator until I get it just right.

my own emojis

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moviesfor your own good honey your butt looks great spare me lisa lllibridge dakota 1966  pizza and beer now lillibridge

I’ve never used emojis because they don’t always make sense to me.

These I would use all the time.

Lillies On The Edge…

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Last week for Mother’s Day I was given this beautiful bouquet of lillies. They have filled our home with their scent and have looked beautiful on the kitchen bar. For a moment, this morning I felt sad when I saw that they were fading and then I looked closer. They are actually pretty gorgeous in this state, but I think everything is more beautiful this way. I took the vase and flowers out into the garden and shot some photos. By playing with them in illustrator I can see them differently in a very graphic designy way. Here are a few of the things i came up with. I hope you like the images. Happy Saturday!