Christmas Thief Raven Crow by Lisa Monica Nelson

Art by Lisa Monica Nelson

Here is what the artist had to say about this drawing… ((

Flight – the motion of fantasy, owned by winged creatures and dreamers. This painting is of a bird in flight from a different perspective. The raven, a known collector of shiny objects, is flying away with a Christmas ball from my front porch tree. To me, it’s only a cheap Dollar Store item but to him, it’s quite a treasure. I hope it makes his home more festive for the holiday season.



There is an artist named Beth Surdut who specializes in the art and story of Raven. She would like to invite all those who love corvids, particularly ravens, to to her solo exhibition of intricate drawings and stories opening at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The show runs through August 9, 2010.

The Ravens of Truth and Memory © All images in this post are copyrighted by Beth Surdut. Do not copy or use any of them without her permission.

The artist, Beth Surdut, said this about the above ravens (The Ravens of Truth and Memory),

The Norse God Odin sent two Ravens out each day–one named Truth (Hugin), the other Memory (Munin). Here, Memory allows Truth to gently pick through her feathers until both birds shine.

As with The Ravens of Truth and Memory each of her raven drawings has a unique story that you can read on her blog. Each has a life beyond the paper and the pens the coloring and shading, in the imagination of those who are able to see them and read their stories.

You can also view her beautiful work on her blog and her website

And a special request to all corvid lovers who have stories to share about the raven. Beth Surdut “collects raven stories of spirit and science and would delighted to share and hear from [our] readers.” You can leave your comments / stories below or you can message her personally at (tell her you read about her work at CorvidCorner so she knows who you are…)

Raven queen

Raven queen

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Crows and ravens often inspire art. This is one I found while perusing flickr. Gorgeous, isn’t it? Can I challenge my readers to write me a story from this picture? Write me a story of the Raven Queen. I will post it with a link to wherever you wish! If you are interested then please email me the story or your questions below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Raven Statue at the High Desert Museum

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The nationally acclaimed High Desert Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert’s wildlife, culture, art and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region’s natural and cultural heritage.


From the dreams of a young biology student ….

Donald M. Kerr, a native of Portland, Oregon, founded the High Desert Museum out of a passion for natural history that began when he raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. This experience inspired his lifelong interest in environmental issues and the lives of predatory animals. Out of the belief that we can make well-informed decisions if we understand all sides of an issue, he envisioned a new kind of museum that would show the close connections between people and their environment.

“I’ve raised a wolf and two great horned owls,” Kerr said. “I’ve been lucky to have these experiences that aren’t possible for most people. I wanted to bring others closer to nature, to experience it, to learn to maintain it.”

Kerr’s dream became a reality through the creation of the Western Natural History Institute in 1974, and its evolution into The Oregon High Desert Museum, which opened in Bend in 1982. To give it a greater regional role, the name became the High Desert Museum. Today, the Museum remains true to his guiding principle that education and experience are the basis for thoughtful decisions.

Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.

The High Desert Museum is located just three miles south of Bend, Oregon. The best way to see the Museum is to design your own personal tour of our exhibits and wildlife, and find out what’s happening. Volunteer interpreters will appear at various locations to enhance your experience. Please allow at least 3 to 4 hours for your visit.