GREEN RAVEN'S BLOG
Why Green Raven? Green is a special color for me ever since I can remember. I recall from early childhood seeing green, glass buttons and trying to get to them and get hold of them. The light danced in the buttons with flashes of blue and yellow depending on the angle and movement. Green is also, for me, the color of life and growth, planting, gardens, serenity and peace. It is the one color that endures during the Winter months here in the East and gives promise of the green to come in the Spring. Green vestments in the Roman Catholic Church are worn in "ordinary time" and signify hope in the present and future. Green is the color of Mohammad the Prophet and is often seen in flags of Muslim nations and the garb of Muslim leaders.
I recall being transfixed by a Green stained glass window in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Florence, Italy. The inside of the church was dark, soaring Gothic architecture. Through one of the western facing windows, a beam of sunlight fell through the window illuminating this particular area of green glass. I stood there seemingly out of time, caught in the green light. I know other people were moving within the church but felt completely outside of the church reality.
Today that experience reminds me often of the complete engagement in drawing an abstract piece of art and the suspension of time as I am completely caught in the discovery of the emerging design and color.
Raven is a sacred being for me. Raven is communal, caring for its young and its Elders. In perusing many books written about Raven from the perspective of myth from the Celtic cultures with Raven considered both wise and warlike and associated with gods and goddesses of wisdom and war.
Modern researchers who have studied Ravens, note their intelligence, use of tools, communication to the flock regarding the location of food. Ravens are seen to accompany Wolves on the hunt, both signaling to the Wolf pack the location of prey and sharing in the kill after the Wolves have finished the hunt. In many Native American traditions, Raven is also seen as a trickster.
In one of the Haida stories from the Pacific Northwest about Raven, a Raven was taken into the family of a great Chief as his grandson. The Raven discovered that the Chief kept the Sun, Moon and Stars in boxes in the long house. Raven begged his grandfather to let him play with the Sun first and when he had it he tossed it up the smoke hole of the lodge into the heavens. He succeeded to do this for the Moon and finally the Stars. So we are beholden to the clever Raven for the gifts of Sun, Moon and Stars.
There are also stories from other First Peoples of the gift of Raven bringing Fire to humans. This Fire also accounts for the Ravens dark color as his feathers were scorched as he transported the Fire to earth.
From Raven I borrow the gift of trickster to infuse some of my drawings with color and line to amuse and confuse. I would also like to use the gift of observation and communication to alert the viewer to the possibilities hidden in the drawings. So my selection of a Green Raven to grace this blog is a combination of both the properties of the color green and the wise, intelligent, trickster bird to enliven this blog.
Thanks for reading.