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michael pape

Raven Art of Michael Pape

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and self-taught, Michael Pape finds many beautiful things such as animals and nature that inspire his paintings. Always fascinated by realistic painting styles, Michael’s ability to portray dramatic realism in his paintings takes the viewer to a place where they would like to go, but normally cannot. In trying to capture this realism, each painting’s execution can take months, or even...

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Film Noir – Creepy Corvid Movies

If it is raining and gloomy where you are, then it is time to snuggle up in your favorite blanket, make some popcorn, and watch a really good (or awesomely bad) movie to celebrate Halloween. Ravens, Crows, and black feathered birds of all kinds have appeared in movies since film was invented.  Their voices and presence enable the film creators to convey mystery, foreshadowing, doom, danger,...

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Ravens, Tom Ford Eyewear And Brand Myth

The raven as the icon of black beauty, primordial intelligence, mystery and the old ones. Is the etymology of corvid derived from the ancient Proto-Indo European seed sound kos, for shout? That would seem appropriate — ravens for shouting. Marketing as the shout, raven-style. But it’s the sound of the kraaak and croak that reaches to the heart of the word and the story – and...

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Crows: Nature’s Scamps?

Love them or hate them, crows are some of the smartest and most adaptable birds around, and they're a lot like us. [caption id="attachment_901" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Photo by Tomi Tapio"][/caption] People seem to be of two minds about crows. Some of us admire these big black birds for their intelligence, inquisitiveness, playfulness and other sterling qualities. Others despise crows for their raucous calls, messing with garbage and nasty...

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Site Problems Fixed (we hope)

Dear Readers, We are very sorry for any scare caused by the Google Blocker some of you may be seeing. Google does this as a precaution when vulnerabilities are found in a website. In our case, we believe the new update of Wordpress from our host was compromised, and so when it installed to our site it allowed some javascript to be injected in our index that...

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Alice Richard’s Dreamland

Dreamland is a series from illustrator Alice Richard inspired by the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, intended to accompany the spectacle by the same name played by EidÔloN. As is commonplace with Poe, Crows and Ravens make an appearance throughout the series without having to be intriduced formally by the words. [one_half]By a route obscure and lonely, Haunted by ill angels only, Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT, On a black throne...

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Raven Art of Brian Commerford

[caption id="attachment_756" align="alignnone" width="499" caption="Midnight Magic"][/caption] Brian Commerford's command of color and texture is unmatched when it comes to depicting the Ravens of his New Mexico home.  Such a common icon of death, darkness, gothic culture, and bleakness, the Raven rarely gets such bold and revered treatment. [caption id="attachment_762" align="alignnone" width="499" caption="Inner Knowing"][/caption] "I try to express the spiritual qualities of animals and birds through composition, color, and brushwork.  I...

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Remember the White Crow

[caption id="attachment_740" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="By southern sonata (lj)"][/caption] We've written before about leucism in crows and ravens, which can cause lighter or abnormal coloring. This little crow, however, is an albino; the difference being that leucism is a loss of pigment, whereas albinism is a lack of it. [caption id="attachment_737" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="By southern sonata (lj)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_738" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="By southern sonata (lj)"][/caption] From the book of Basil Livanova...

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