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Raven Sculpture by ou8nrtist2 Raven Sculpture by ou8nrtist2
One of my early pieces,commissioned from someone in my hometown on the coast of Maine after my return from a 10 year self imposed exile.
My father was not pleased. He had still at this point not come to terms with the fact that I too had decided to become a sculptor and follow in his footsteps...

When I was a child I (helped)raise 5 baby ravens in the wild.The parents never got closer than about 5 feet from me but they "allowed" me to hand feed their 5 babies,and it was on this same cliff in the photograph.Ravens exhibit a multitude of unusual and eccentric traits.They are extremely intelligent and possess remarkable senses.It is no wonder that they are considered mystical beings in many cultures.

welded steel-life size.
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SculptorBoris Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
surprised i have not seen this one yet. a couple years ago in a nat'l geo or maybe scientific american magazine, i read a fascinating article on ravens. they are recognized as possibly the most intelligent of the bird families. this piece is very intricate and i bet very difficult to make. i often watch ravens as they try to figure out how to open a bag of chips left by someone in the trash or communicate with one another vocally or with body language. i think you've captured it very well.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Thank you Boris,
The raven is definitely one of the most intelligent of birds,perhaps only surpassed by the California scrub jay which is actually a related species corvidae i believe.
Won't you join us in a new group called Smiths-R-Us.
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SculptorBoris Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
thanks for the invite. is it ok that i am not a metal smith? i do use metal in some of my sculptures, just not focusing on it as a medium.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Sorry about that,I realized as soon as i posted ,that you don't work in metal...
My bad...
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SculptorBoris Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
no prob
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Forgive me my friend,
You don't work with metal of course,my mistake...
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done LOVE IT:iconshinyheartplz:direct to my:iconfavplz:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional
Why thank you...
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
how wonderful to be able to forge your early memories into your adult/mature art!!!
thank you so much for sharing your story. makes your work so much more approachable on this 2 dimensional medium.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
I wish more (on here)would share their process and techniques as well...
My ancestors came from Cork in 1849.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Freyasbraids Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Spectacular work. You are without a doubt a master.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
Dear Janet,
I am truly honored that you think so...
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Ipritas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
looks like real raven. amazing!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional
Thank you,
I do a whole lot of research before I take torch to steel...
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DGR8KEN Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
wow!! it's perfect!! i wish i can also make some...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional
Thank you Keneth!
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DGR8KEN Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
oh! you know my name... hehe..
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional
Yes I do,
And so does everyone else.
It's printed on your home page...LOL
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DGR8KEN Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
oh! haha! ok i forgot...
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010   General Artist
Very beautiful and enchanting...and I enjoyed the story that went with it...Maine just seems such an inspiring place to live!:)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional
It certainly was an idyllic place to grow up being raised by two artists.
Nature still remains an elemental and untamable power there.
The beauty of the environment inundates the senses and sometimes captivates the soul.
A man's interaction with it is based on a humble respect.
There is a local saying"If you don't like the weather,then just wait a minute".
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EdwardJPayton Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
This is really good, each weld looks precisely placed.

It reminds me of the environmental impact the current oil leak is having. Sorry, I'm sure that isn't what you were intending with it :) Its just the finish looks so beautifully oily and fluid.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional
No problem Edward,
I think you are right actually.
The oil spill is on everyone's mind...
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otherdruid Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!, great!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional
Thank you...
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otherdruid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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VerySmallIndeed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Great work. ;)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional
Thank you...
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Parents can be that way. Cool bird. Considered a good sign too.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional
Thank you Marsha.
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Great sculpture - like the ragged way you did the throat hackles, enhances the rakish trickster side of the bird for me.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional
Anyone who knows the bird well spots that aspect as unique to the raven,and it helps to infuse RAVEN-ESS into the piece...
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Saartj1e Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Stunning sculpture, great photo! :star:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional
Thank you Anne.
Your keyball is very cool too...
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Oh, I forgot, if you haven't already, you might want to sumbit it to :iconcrow-conglomerate: they'd love it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
I'm in too many groups already...
I can't keep up.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Oy, true, not something you want to overdo.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
It's amazing. I like the pose and the textures on the feet.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
Thank you Sandra...
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elderarc Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is very, very cool!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
Thank you Valorie.
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elderarc Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
That is so beautiful!......
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
Thank you Patricia.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
You're very welcome.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
My father "indulged me- let me major in art. But upon graduation, expected i
I'd go out & get a "real" job. Never happened- i geared everything around having time for art. Have yet to, & probably never will, make a "living" making art, but can't imagine doing anything else.

I learned to draw from my father. His father told him to give up art, because he'd never make a living at it. He listened. My mother could draw, but quit because she drew from photographs, therefore it wasn't real art.

The mindsets we get ourselves into, sometimes.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
"The mindsets we get ourselves into, sometimes."
Oh yeah.
And the Karma, guilt, and worries, we inherit from our parents...
Sometimes a soul HAS to retreat on a self imposed exile just to develop naturally,ESPECIALLY if ones parent is somewhat "known" in the world.
Fame can be a HUGE burden,not just for the individual possessing it,but also for members of the immediate family...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Yup. how many (for instance) movie stars have brothers or sisters that we never hear about? I imagine it's a good thing, seeing as we get to see the dark side of celebrity splashed across TV all the damn time...that & we get an education in justice...celebrity justice vs the justice schmoes (meaning the rest of us) get.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
oh, but that goes for being the youngest sibling of non-famous people, as well: nothing you accomplish as a child is ever acknowledged as a "wow!" for the close "authorities" you get judged by in childhood. they have seen "better" recently by the older brothers&sisters.
striving for extremes is a natural choice for the youngest - just to get that "Wow!" of your parents/future judges.
then being chained to bourgeois career choices for security reasons strangles your craving for being special/acknowledged.

Same issue, don't you think?
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