"Snowy Owl in Flight" VClaff 2013
The days slowly brighten, but windy, bitter nights have taken hold. When the
wind slows, a profound quiet settles in the forest. Occasional creaks and cracks
echo in the frozen world, and in the night, the owls call deep in the forest or
just outside my window.
"Midwinter Owl" VClaff 2013
The barred owl that I thought had gone beyond the veils has come again to her
perch in the clearing. I wonder if she feels the owl energy in the studio. I caught a
glimpse of her tawny wings flashing by in the late afternoon one day, and I hear
the crows chasing her off in the early mornings while I am still warm in bed.
"Great Gray Owl" VClaff 2013
In the studio, I've been filling the walls with owl drawings, and the ones in this
post are now listed in my Etsy shop.
I just today started experimenting with better papers, and this led to some
drawings I've been thinking about that explore layering and the rhythm of
winter branches. These drawings are on rigid illustration board, and so far I
am very much enjoying the surface.
new drawings 2013
Winter Branches series VClaff 2013
"Winter Branches" VClaff 2013
"Winter Branches 2" VClaff 2013
On warmer days, Pasha keeps guard at the studio door, hoping I'll come out for
a walk in the afternoon.
One warm and sunny day, the forest - and a walk with Pasha - was irresistable.
Looking first at plant stalks still standing in the garden, I was struck by how
fragile these plants appear, yet snows and howling winds have yet to loose many
a seed from its stalk.
Although the snow was deep, it was packed down enough that I didn't need
snowshoes, which is always nice. Pasha makes use of my tracks and I notice
fox tracks used by raccoons, and coyote tracks used by a bobcat. Its surely
easier to have someone else break trail, even if it is something that might
Fox track used only by a fox.
Beneath the snow, the ancient world of mosses and ferns seems still very much
alive. I bent low and admired this delicate fern on her mossy stone, drinking in
the vibrant greens.
Here is a short clip of Pasha on our walk. His enthusiasm is always a joy, and I was
glad to finally catch him doing his dash up a tree. At the end of the video, we
come to the spot with the coyote and fox tracks. You might notice them. The last
film is of one of my favorite sounds, especially in the morning when everything else
is still and the sun is just rising.