My love, she's like some Raven by Maree  Clarkson
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My interpretation of a photographic image of a crow in flight – W & N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
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  1. “…the raven is big, black, and beautiful. Its highly glossed plumage shows iridescent greens, blues, and purples, shining like a black dewdrop in the light. And it dives and rolls like a black thunderbolt out of the sky or speeds along with liquid, gliding strokes. The raven is the paragon of the air, and more. It is assumed to be the brains of the bird world, so its deep, sonorous, penetrating voice demands immediate attention and respect, even though we have little or no idea what it says. It has a greater variety of calls than perhaps any other animal in the world except human beings. It is an imposing bird.”
    -Bernd Heinrich

Crows and ravens have been under harsh scrutiny as long as anyone can remember, and the dominant perception has been that these animals deserved nothing close to sympathy, but rather various forms of persecution. Thus, they were freely shot at and poisoned, nests were destroyed, and yet somehow these animals have persevered nicely – crows are thriving in fact, I’m pleased to say! Ironically, crows and ravens are much closer to the characterizations in the Heinrich quote above than to our traditional perceptions.

  1. Love Minus Zero | No Limit

My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire

People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her

In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall

Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all

The cloak and dagger dangles
Madams light the candles
In ceremonies of the horsemen
Even the pawn must hold a grudge

Statues made of matchsticks
Crumble into one another
My love winks, she does not bother
She knows too much to argue or to judge

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring

The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows cold and rainy
My love she’s like some raven
At my window with a broken wing
From BobDylan.com
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  1. 13th June 2011 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings
  2. 28th July 2011 – FEATURED in Raven Heart
  3. 13th September 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Surreal Corvids in “Raven Heart”
  4. 12th October 2011 – FEATURED in C.O.R.E.
  5. 2nd December 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Heinrich’s words: “Its highly glossed plumage shows iridescent greens, blues, and purples, shining like a a black dewdrop in the light…” Wow! you’ve capture these words in this painting so well Maree! ;-) Excellent!

  • Aaah Liz, thank you for your lovely spontaneous words! As I was painting, this old Bob Dylan song immediately came to mind and I just had to find it to add here! And thank you for the fav, I’m really honoured!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Ooh! and I love the song!! Thanks so much, wonderful!

  • There are also version by Rod Stewart and Nana Mouskouri, which is equally as lovely….

    – Maree Clarkson

  • sure2010
    sure2010almost 4 years ago

    Just lovely..sure

  • Thanks so much Sure!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • surekha
    surekhaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful artwork to go with beautiful song…………… love it Maree………

  • Thanks EVER so much Surekha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraalmost 4 years ago

    I don’t think you’re even capable of creating an art work that I don’t truly LOVE! ;-)

    I tried drawing/painting birds before; and, never found it easy?! if only I could draw/paint them as well as you do.

  • Oh, you flatterer you! Thanks for the lovely words Paul, but just remember, we all have our weaknesses and our strengths! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraalmost 4 years ago

    Joan Baez sings really well. I first read the song to myself without having heard it; and, thought to myself how could anybody make this poem sound good; but, of course, the beautiful voice of Joan Baez proved me to be very wrong, indeed! Thanks very much for introducing me to other artists whose work I don’t usually tend to folow; be it art of drawing/painting/or, of poetry/song. ;-)

  • It’s my pleasure Paul, and of course, the original by Bob Dylan is by FAR the best!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work, Maree!

  • Thanks Dottie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • W. H. Dietrich
    W. H. Dietrichalmost 4 years ago

    Very cool

  • Thank you W!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured

  • So great! Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jenifer  Bunnett
    Jenifer Bunnettalmost 4 years ago

    I love this.

  • Thanks for that Jeni!

    – Maree Clarkson

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