In these bitter cold nights, dreams of owls come to me.
Slowly the days lengthen, but nights are snowy and long and full of
creaks and snaps and the harmonic hum of a north wind
through the hemlocks.
It is here that my work still wanders - to trees swaying in the wind
in the deep winter night. One thing led to another and the drawings
took on a different shape, variations on a theme, explorations
of what is possible. Some are both trees and marks, some,
more marks than trees.
I'm not sure where these are going. I made a lot of them.
First small, then large. Some are unresolved. I could see them huge,
but I am leaving them for the moment, needing to transition back
The studio is warm and full of light. The issue with the heat seems to be
fixed - fingers crossed!! I am enjoying long days there, working on balancing
the demands of life and winter chores. Cold days mean many more trips to the
woodshed to load wood into woodbin for the stove.
One sunny day in the studio,
a pinecone and its shadow caught my attention.
Not wanting to spend too many hours outside these days,
Pasha has discovered the little bed I put in the studio for him.
The blizzard started Friday afternoon, Pasha and I were
cozy in the studio, happily working (or snoozing) as the
snow began to fall.
On the worktable, a large-scale watercolor. I've had requests from
two of the galleries I work with for larger work, and I've been wanting to
work a bit larger, as well. I bumped up to a full sheet of watercolor paper,
and it is a challenge with my technique of wet on wet and controlled bleeding.
Really challenging. I'll continue to give it a whirl, working through the
frustration, hoping for some results I am pleased with.
By the time we headed for the house, the storm was in
full-swing, snow collecting and winds blowing. Time
to cook food and fill buckets just in case of a
The morning view was impressive, that bump
through the trees is my car.
I was completely unable to open the back door... so in lieu of
trudging around the house with snowshoes, I took the glass out of
the storm door and shoveled that way!
The old studio is completely buried in the snowplow pile.
After three hours of shoveling, I decided I'm leaving it!
Pasha navigates the trails.
Out back, deep snow made shoveling quite a chore.
...and the car.... a LONG time to dig that out!
I snowshoed over the deep snowpiles to the studio and shoveled
back to the driveway. I hoped the plow would be back so I wouldn't need
to commute in snowshoes until spring.
Today was warm and beautiful and Pasha and I enjoyed our
last rays ritual on the front stoop. He wasn't exactly a willing
model for the camera....