Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Here is what I was presented for winning the Montana Book Award Grand Prize in 2011 for Raptors of the West with Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop! "Rancho DeLuxe" is a favorite movie that a friend took me to see when I was in high school. He thought it would change my decision to move to Montana for college, and man, was he wrong! The poster is signed by the movie's writer, Thomas McGuane. I met him at the Montana Book Festival the year before and I told him that story, the whole time with Sibley on my glove. I doubt he heard a word, and asked me at the end, "Tell me about that bird." HA!
Monday, September 13, 2021
Had to be done, and much prefer live and in person. I will present an overview of my program, photos and books, emphasis on Falcons of North America Second Edition, my favorite, from Mountain Press Publishing here in Missoula. We'll have a Powerpoint and visit with Sibley the Peregrine and Sonora the Aplomado Falcon, Friday September 17th, 1-2 pm. You may register at the Festival website - see you on Friday (I wish...)
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Shifting gears from the ink and printing press, and now gouache paint and Arteza Brush Pens. I usually paint two at a time, edition of 8 and almost ready to post the final product. On the screen is an Owen face I am using for reference. This is so fun, stand up comedy on the speakers (Bill Burr and Lewis Black today.)
Friday, September 10, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
My new etching of a Saw-whet Owl, and Maizee was helping me in the printmaking studio today. I will post when I get the painting just right, edition of 8, 8" x 10". That black and white "bedspread" is actually a giant woodcut print, made by me and Bev Glueckert for the Day of the Dead Parade 18 years ago! Printed on a big sheet, inking and running it over with a steamroller; a treasured piece for me, located in the studio.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Our friend Renee Taaffe came by the Raptor Ranch to choose an art piece to include for the traveling Art Mobile of Montana, and she chose "Peregrine Cliff Redux." My etching will join 21 other works by contemporary Montana artists for the Art Mobile, 2- and 3- dimensional pieces. Renee is the teaching artist and hits the road in October, visiting more than 50 schools across the state. Glad our Peregrine will be on board!
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Tomorrow is our big day on the east cost...via ZOOM Webinar! Our friend Paul Roberts had me as a speaker ten years ago and asked that I return for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Instead, by computer and I have a nice PowerPoint, then joined by Sibley and Owen. Raptor Lovers far and wide!
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
What a day at Seeley Lake yesterday, another visit to the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion with Alpine Artistry, Sibley's third trip there. She did a flight display for the audience about 10 years ago, this time with Maizee, Owen and Simon, all on their best behavior. It was outdoors, a big line for book signings and a couple hundred people all told, including my assistant, sister Betsy. The last one of these for a while, COVID cautious, the Bird Of Prey Festival in Kalispell cancelled.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
What fun yesterday, spinning jazz discs for two hours in Montana Public Radio with Jon Jackson, a walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge (and cuisine- "The Food Guys" with Greg Patent.) We even jammed to the 15 minute-plus Gil Evans classic, la Nevada, a record Jon said he'd listened to about a couple thousand times, or something like that. Right at the end I found a Radiohead CD that had been lost for months, hiding in the Pat Martino case. I told Jon that I loved jazz and Radiohead, and he announced, "I love Radio." HA!
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
I will be back hosting Jazz Sessions on Montana Public Radio, this time with my absolute hero Jon Jackson! Thursday, 2-4 pm MST. Left of the FM dial at 89.1 in Missoula and streaming live across the planet at MTPR.org. Maizee is helping me choose the CD's we will feature - Monk, Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, ..lots of live recordings and we usually "wing it."
Monday, August 16, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Maizee had her very first program yesterday at Ninemile Community Center, packed 'em in there after a rain storm so inside and standing room only! She and Sibley, Owen and Simon were the stars. So tomorrow her debut is on the Pea Green Boat, Montana Public Radio and Skipper Annie Garde, 4 pm MST - 89.1 FM in Missoula, left of the FM dial and on mtpr.org around the globe.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
A week ago our friend and neighbor Allan Foss delivered this young Red-tail that was stuck in his fence, and what was crazy was what has hanging from her mouth. She was choking on a desiccated Columbian Ground squirrel skin, lodged way in her throat and hanging down 12 inches! She had maggots forming at the gape and was starving, so it had been a while. I ended up cutting it off far back in her mouth and hoped that peristalsis would work its magic. She had the most awkward posture I've ever seen (check it out) for days, but eating that evening, digestion eventually fine, fattened up and released this morning at Allan's. Bye-bye and don't do that again; an example of the reason for 65% mortality in first year raptors.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Maizee spent her first night out in her enclosure instead of the playpen, so scrub and vacuum day. I say day because that seems like how long it took!
Join us at Nine Mile Community Center on Sunday at 2 pm for her Debut! Along with Sib and two owls.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
My new print, Sibley the Peregrine on a cliff in the Blackfoot River. 13" x 9 1/2" etching on plastic, printed with the blue sky rolled in with brayers. Then painted with gouache paint and Arteza Brush Pens. "Peregrine Cliff Redux" and plan on an edition of 8. Always do 8 for some reason.