A group of ravens is called a “conspiracy of ravens”, which sounds a bit ominous to me; however, they are anything but that as far as I’m concerned! There is a wealth of legend and folklore about ravens and it seems every culture has stories or myths about them. They continue to show up in our modern tales too… think “Game of Thrones” here. Despite my best efforts to date, I haven’t been able to get any good reference photos of the raven family living around my home. The birds at the Vermont Raptor Center are the models for this drawing since the wild ones around my house haven’t been cooperative. In my visits to VINS, I find it fascinating to watch them calling to the ravens beyond their enclosure and respond in kind to the sounds of their wild brethren. I’m intrigued and wonder what they are saying to each other. So, the title for this artwork is “The Calling”.