There are a lot of grackles out at the feeders. When the sun shines on their black feathers, you see that they are not all black.
Too bad, they are not crows, but they are helping me paint "black" without just black.
This is just a small piece of watercolor (140# coldpress) paper and I painted the background, then drew in the bird using Derwent GraphicTint and InkTense pencils, wetting it to blend a bit. The feathers show a bit more, doing it this way.
I may have to try a crow this way next time. But I think we are in need of some color - so maybe a few cardinals or bluejays or...???