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Art Show: Day of the Dead

Crows On Fence

by Renie Britenbucher

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Art: Crows On Fence by Artist Renie Britenbucher
In many minds, Crows symbolize death. To me, they symbolize great mystery because they truly seem to "know" something. The crow is seen as a negative omen only recently and mostly in Europe. For the Celts, the crow was sacred and meant the flesh torn by fighting. As he eats carrion, the welsh poetry uses the metaphor "the crow pierced you" to say "you have died". They thought crows escorted the sun during his nocturnal path, that is to say in Hell. So they were a symbol of evil, contrary to swanns, symbolizing purity. In Babylon, the crow was the name of the 13th month of the calendar, and he had a very negative value. I wanted to show the Crow contrasted by the fall sunset sky, casting shadows on the ground. I've done a series of crow paintings over the last few months. This painting was sold on eBay.

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