The playful Crow - Coco

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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The playful Crow – Coco


Pilot Fineliner Black Ink sketch and watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm Watercolour Sketchbook
Coco, my pet crow
Black Crow – Corvus capensis. Found: Africa
Ample press is given to charismatic animals such as dolphins, chimps and the like, but few, when talking of intelligent beings, think to mention the crow or raven. It is, however, easy to understand the natural aversions some people have towards these birds: They’re lacking in any type of floral-like beauty; they have a cacophonous and sometimes incessant caw, and are cunning thieves to boot.
But if you look closer, and get to know these beautiful birds on a more intimate level, you will see not just see ‘plain black’ feathers, but beautiful iridescent colours of purple, blue, green and brown. And discover a great intelligence, and even a sense of humour, not normally associated with birds.
They are smart, ingenious, protective, adventurous, and full of engaging play; I recall my 27yr-old crow, Coco, watching intently as I planted my pansy seedlings, only to up-root them the minute I turned my back, cawing in laughter as she fled my mock chase!
“Even the blackest of them all, the crow,
Renders good service as your man-at-arms,
Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail,
And crying havoc on the slug and snail.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Shameless Self-Promotion”
15th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Just Watercolours”
16th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Retired and Happy”
26th June 2011 – FEATURED in “The Group”
27th June 2011 – FEATURED in “Indigenous to East and Southern Africa”
29th June 2011 – FEATURED in “A Place to Start”
1st July 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Corvids au Natural in “Raven Heart”
26th January 2012 – FEATURED in “Raven Heart”
29th January 2012 – FEATURED in “Inspired Art”
August 2012 – FEATURED by RB in "EXPLORE
3rd March 2013 – FEATURED in “Amazing Wildlife”
12th May 2013 – FEATURED in “A Class of its Own Art Gallery”
8th March 2014 – FEATURED in “Art Universe”
10th December 2014 – FEATURED in “The Wonder of Wings”
23rd December 2015 – FEATURED in “The Art of Watercolour”

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