"Owl in Flight", 7x5", VClaff, 2012
The white ink on black paper drawings that started as experiments are becoming
something I'm very intrested in. As I continuded exploring the ink, I began to see
the subtle layering possibilities when the ink is used at different saturations. The
owl drawing above is one of the latest ones, with more of an understanding of
the materials. I'm on a quest for the best paper to use, as I've pushed the limits
of the drawing paper I was using. I think I've found a good option for my drawing
process and am excited to try it out. The drawing, Barred Owl on Branch, below,
is one of the earlier ones, and you can see I'm just beginning to play with ink
"Barred Owl on Branch", 7x5", VClaff 2012
The owls have found their way into my Etsy shop, and because this work is not
in any of the galleries that represent me, I can offer them at reasonable cost. In fact,
this is true of most of the work in my shop. To take a look, click here, especially
if you need a place to spend holiday money! I'm happy to say that the Owl in Flight drawing is flying off to KD at Nomad Dreaming to live. Her present post shares photos
of a beautiful, arctic visitor... go take a look!
"Forest", VClaff 2012
"Owl in the Night", 7x5" VClaff 2012
"Winter Owl", 10x8", VClaff 2012
I'm offering the two drawings below at a discount because there is slight buckling
in the paper. They are archival and will be fine, especially if they are matted.
They will fit in standard mats sized for an 8 x 10" image. These are two of my
favorites so far and are leading me into the a deeper exploration with the ink.
The drawings are $95.00 plus shipping. If you are interested, you'll find my email
listed on my profile page, or leave a comment here with information on how to
After most of the month with periods of icing and then warming, we now have
a steady cold upon us. The pre-snow garden was beautiful in its frozen state.
And I've noticed that I'm looking rather frosty, too,
now that my hair matches my gray woolen cap.
Tucked in there, under the frozen, bending
hemlocks is the studio, see it?
After celebrating a lovely Solstice with a small group ritual in the studio,
I raced off the following day to get my father at the airport. We had our
traditional Christmas Eve dinner with my sister and her family - the roast beef,
Yorkshire Pudding, and home-made busch de noel was well worth the long drive!
(well, and the presents, too!) Dad and I shared a cold Christmas reading and
walking and being quiet by the fire.
I gave Dad two of my newer paintings - always good to give
flat gifts for those flying long distances!
The snows came just in time for Dad to have his once a year
shoveling experience, just so he doesn't forget how to.
There was lots more reading by the fire after that.
And for some older furry ones, there was much watching
from the window.
Below - subject of watcher.
We stopped at the family mausoleum on Dad's way back to
the airport. Its an impressive building that I haven't seen
since I was a small child. Mom is buried outside, she wanted
earth and not stone. I spread lots of birdseed cause she was
an avid bird-watcher just like the old furry one.
Dropped Dad at my sister's for an early morning airport run....
here's a goofy, blurry photo, just in case you think that the mood around
here is mostly like the last post, don't worry, there's plenty of the below stuff, too.
Back in the hills, winter snows and cold have settled in.
I've shoveled a lot since Dad left only a few days ago.
After all the shoveling, I have a warm, furry laptop. Way
more soothing than the shiny, aluminum kind! He stays just long enough,
then heads to his little rug once I'm warmed up a bit. Luckily the fire doesn't
really escape the wood stove, just the heat.