“In My Next Life I Want to be a Crow II,” or “The Raven II.” As Kristen watched a pair of black crows at the top of a bare naked tree during a winter grey day she was inspired. These crows intrigued her. “Crows are social birds with high intelligence. They have the ability to recognize people and they hand this recognization down to their children. If you harass a crow or raven they know to stay away from you. If you treat them well, or if you feed them they will recognize you as a friend.”
“I watched a crow high in a tree drop a nut in front of my car as I was driving through a canyon. It waited as my car tire ran over the nut and cracked it open. I looked back in my rear view mirror and watched as this black bird swooped down to retrieve the edible meat inside. What a smart bird.
I thought, In my next life I’d want to be a crow. These birds are survivors. They scavenge and can eat just about anything. No one really bothers a raven or a crow since they are black and kind of ordinary and they can fly. How great it would be to soar through the air on a pair of wings! They are social birds and they recognize when one of their own has died and they have what looks like a funeral for the departed bird.”
Kristen says, “Yes, if I had to choose what I would want to be in my next life it would be a crow. I am painting a series of oil and mixed media abstracts and contemporary works with this inspiration. The other title I have for this series is “The Raven” numbered as I move through this creation of paintings. This piece is my second work.”