"Entering/detail" ink drawing
On my list for months was a note to myself... open Etsy shop! So, the past two weeks
I have been working on that. After a helpful conversation with my parents while in Florida, I found my way around some blocks to getting going. I've listed some spirals, some Nature's Pattern drawings, and a few smaller watercolors. The first few images here are a sampling of what's available. I've added the Etsy Mini feature to the sidebar, down there past the "Gold Afternoon" drawing. The whole thing so far has been a relatively easy process, probably because of my experience with blogger. I had a bit of fun today adding many of your shops and wonderful work to my favorites. I think I'm going to like this!
A small group gathered for a Spring Equinox fire here at RavenWood. We had to
clear a bit of snow in the garden and bring the moveable fire pit, but the day turned
into a sunny, very warm day. Our ritual started with lots of drums rattles and singing, gratitude offerings to the fire, and a long time of silence to sink into the land and
listen. An enthusiastic crowd of chickadees brought song to our quiet time, and a few
far-off ravens reminded me of the dark contained within the light. Something shifted
in me with the turning of the seasons, and even though we are back to cold and snow
and icy mornings, a bit more peace has taken root in me.
Still snowy in the moss garden, but patches of bare, moss bejeweled ground emerge
at the base of trees and stones warmed from the sun. My constant companions, in
addition to Pasha cat, is the gang of turkeys. They come daily, and seem less concerned
about my presence, and Pasha runs right by them as they stand, frozen like dark
stones against the green hemlock boughs.
I've been wondering about why turkeys have relatively few feathers on their heads.
They're a bit vulture like. Vultures, however, need that bare head because of the icky
places they regularly put their heads, turkeys though? Scratching around the base of
the bird feeder isn't that icky...
Ahhhh, its a few hours later and I'm back to suggest an answer to my own question. I
was just looking at the turkeys when it occurred to me that they need bare heads for better vision. They do fly for short distances and up into trees at night to sleep, but it
sure looks like an effort! So since they spend so much time on the ground, they probably
wouldn't fare too well if they had ornamental feathers getting in the way of seeing an approaching predator. That's my thought. Too late at night to research that, but someday.
Evidence of turkey journeys around the yard.
While the turkeys wander about in the snow, Pasha takes his afternoon nap
in a chair by the wood stove. This is pretty much the scene right now, though in a
different chair. He seems to have tired himself out watching me load wood into
the bin, running up and down those trees is truly exhausting!
The only work I've done recently in the studio was organizing work to list in
the shop, but branches and skies have demanded my attention. I wonder at the
beautiful colors of late winter evening skies. The few photographs below were
taken on a particularly enchanting evening. I could see my grandfather's algae
samples in the branching systems and am anxiously awaiting the end of the
business list to get back to work. I need large blocks of time and am not one
to grab an hour here or there in the studio, but maybe that's something to try.
The big moon last Saturday night seems an appropriate image
to follow the fading light above.