The Postcard Project is pretty cool and it sparked a bit of mischief in me. The theme was blue, so I wanted to use blue, but it organized by an artist named Rainboe, so I couldn't limit myself. I've always had a bunch of imaginary creatures flying around in my brain, so last year when I started thinking of a what to do with my card, one flew out: The Rainbow Crow
|Rainbow Crow in ink and colored pencil|
I finally spotted that bird that was waking me up at 3 a.m. every morning. It looks & caws exactly like a crow, but its feathers were blue & iridescent in the moonlight. I watched and saw 4. They looked ancient and flew low. I knew I'd seen the mythic rainbow crow of North Portland. More soon!"
I had hoped to continue writing rainbow crow adventures, but lo and behold, a whole year came around before I did, so this myth may take a long time to develop. This year's them was orange, so this is what flew out this time:
|Rainbow crow chick - crayolas and copic markers|
After seasonal flooding in the Willamette Basin, I found a Rainbow crow chick on the dock. It was bright orange, suggesting the rainbow coloring emerges later in life. I heard mournful cawing from the forest. I ran back to the car to get a box, but the chick was gone when I returned. I contacted the Dept. of Ornithology, but they still insist the rainbow crow is a myth!"
This is how the cards looked after the post office contributed their part to the process:
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