For a few years now, I've been watching, photographing, feeding and enjoying the company of the crows on Southsea common with a view to committing them to canvas. These creatures have been built and tuned by evolution to scavenge. This gives them a brilliant set of skills; flexibility, adaptability, creativity, understanding, sociability, confidence and courage. They are well known to be one of the finest minds in the bird kingdom.
Often kept as pets, they have gregarious personalities. They can recognise individual humans and talk to each other about us. They tell each other who can be trusted, who brings food, or whether a person should be avoided. They stash food away, hiding it from their peers, for later. To me though, it's their character that I find the most interesting. The way they move. Those lithe, lightweight skeletons and musculature; the way it shifts inside their skin, and the control they have over the feathers. The precision and grace in flight so close to the ground - their bounciness! They're like flying cats, or monkeys, or racing cars, or some mad mix of everything. They're not dull though. And it's all of this that I want to try and catch on canvas if possible.
Charcoal, pastel, chalk