Creativity is all of life's actions.
Raven and Corvid Art Listening To Raven~ Mixed Media Myths and Realities ©Beth Surdut 2013
Drawing ravens is an intimate process---
preening each bird gently into existence until a unique character emerges from the page to tell me why he is here.
To my delight, Listening To Raven inspires people to bring me stories of science and spirit.
Strangers ask me to come for face-to-face telling of stories so big, I have to go see;
experiences so personal, I want to be there.
What's your story? Please share at info (at) bethsurdut (dot) com
Clicking on each of these images will bring you to an original blog story.
The Printed Cycle is made with rigorously tested elements beautifully rendered. Ravens can live for 40 years in captivity.
These images will last at least 100 years.
Note: There's more to these pieces than black and white (just like life). Color nuances/details are not fully represented here.
Each original and print may be surrounded with more white than shown.
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TEN GENERATIONS EN LA TROCA (14.5" x 20") original drawing by Beth Surdut, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Naturalist, author, and sister enthusiast Sy Montgomery wrote, Your art is astonishingly vivid and moving and real. Your words are as wise and lyrical as your drawings.
The Reason Why (Raven head) 6" x 9" appears Walks Like a Man 9" x 14"
in The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
"You have their personal traits down pat-- the way they strut, the curious pose, the whole body language," said an avid raven art collector.
"These ravens are wonderful because you obviously know your bird and its personality. It's as if you have one in your home. Most people are content to do the raven-looking-over-the-shoulder pose and call it good. You nailed it every time.
The Ravens of Truth and Memory 10" x 13"
Dr. Peter Stacey, professional ornithologist and riparian management specialist at the University of New Mexico writes:
"The drawings of Beth Surdut capture the intelligence, playfulness and physical forms of ravens as well as or better than any artist I have seen. Not only are her depictions correct in anatomy and posture, but after looking at her drawings, I wonder, What is that bird thinking?" Surdut is able to communicate these attributes without making her ravens look like "little people"-- the birds in her drawings actually do look and behave just like ravens do."
The Gathering of Ravens 4.5" x 28"
The Compass of My Heart 13' X 18" Landing 10.5" x 12"
The Next Shaman 13" x 14" The Thing I Do for Love 13" x 18" ravens
Illustrations and story by Beth Surdut
The Albany Billboard Project flew 10 of my ravens across an art only billboard in 2012.
The Ashes to Art Project, a fundraiser for Poudre District Colorado, is a collaboration of American artists incorporating charcoal collected from the 2012
is a three-dimensional piece featuring a pigment print of a juvenile raven
identified by the pink interior of its mouth-- standing on branches drawn with
charcoal taken from the
One of the myths Ive come across is that Raven was a beautiful white bird who brought fire to humanity. While carrying the burning firebrand across the skies, Ravens white feathers became irrevocably blackened by the smoke as he flew.
Other stories, especially the trickster tales, put Raven in dire circumstances that he really shouldnt survive. Yet he sometimes literally suffers terrible wounds, puts himself back together, and goes on, as we dochanged, but anticipating the next phase of life.
NY STATE MUSEUM, ALBANY Focus on Nature XII: Natural History Illustration exhibition included Walks Like a Man
ORION MAGAZINE Nov/Dec 2011 in print
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