Friday, February 23, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

See the Eagle and Mose?

Last Evening


Leadership Bitterroot

Return of the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, twice as many attendees this time and fun. However, you should see our poor muddy driveway now, man o man. We are shopping for a "fix" to the whole driveway this spring or summer.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Home Sweet Home Today


Nico at Metcalf NWR

 Nico loves going for rides, Mose not so much, and this one at Metcalf Refuge down the road. About half-way done etching the PETG plastic for the new art piece - a Long-eared Owl, what fun. Goal is to start printing tomorrow or Thursday.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Red-tails and Bald Eagle

  I think my computer woes are over (for now) so a couple photos from this weekend.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Internet-Photoshop Problems, but Now!

Finally getting back and just finished this painting today. I kept saying to Tom every evening all week, “Finishing the Moose tomorrow.” This took until now and calf moose in our back yard, image from many years ago and always in my head. He had a big run in the slough, photo from later that summer:

This painting is 14" x 11" on Claybord, pen & ink, Aqua printing inks, Arteza Brush Pens, finger painting inks and scratching with a utility blade, totally making it up as I go along. Another etching next..Kestrel I think, so much fun now.  T

Monday, February 12, 2024

Sunday Eagles

Down at the river, pre-Superbowl.

Friday, February 9, 2024


The Bald Eagle drypoint etching printed yesterday, painted today, finally done. I swear, started at 8 am. Whew, and next...a MOOSE!



Thursday, February 8, 2024

Close Enough For You, Katy?

Looks like some interest in the Bald Eagle nest and they have started incubating as early as March 5th! A youngster cruises right over head, afternoon trips to the river with the dogs now .


Sunday, February 4, 2024

First New Etching...

 ...In the House! Working on a drypoint etching and everything all in one spot here in the house instead of running up the stairs to the "old" studio. The new one and a Bald Eagle. The pair of eagles were perched over the nest today at the beach and I shouted, "Hey! I am doing an etching of you!" And I swear, she pulled her wings out to strike a regal pose. Like, "How's this?"

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Nature Detective

Last weekend I was at the river by the house with the dogs and came across a big section of beach filled with huge piles of bird feces. Okay, poop. I mean 8 inches across and 6 high, and giant waterfowl
 footprints. The photo on my flip phone was not very impressive. The next day about half of the ice had melted but you get the idea. Swans, about 60 - 80 of them!  Wish I could have seen that.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Printing Press Indoors!

Look what I have been threatening to do for 5 years - move the press into the house, where it is warm. Took about 30 minutes. Maybe 20.  Now…The Downstairs Studio! Working on a Bald Eagle drypoint on some PETG plastic  I bought from Blick, and sure smooth! Great stuff. And Mischa the Peregrine didn't mind a bit.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Montana Public Radio

Annie Garde and I are guest hosting my favorite show tomorrow, Thursday, spinning CD's from a collection donated by the late Bob Knight. He was a huge supporter of the jazz scene in Missoula and beyond, and had excellent (and eclectic) taste as you will "see." we will feature lots of guitar - Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Russel Malone with Ray Brown and West Montgomery with The Boss, Jimmy Smith, plus Jack McDuff, speaking of Hammond B-3 organ. And some lovely Catherine Russell, Ella, and Ahmad and Oscar Peterson, O.P.! Left of the FM dial from 2 until 4 pm, MST and live on the web.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Monday, January 29, 2024

"Look At Those Dogs Out There."

Sonora the Aplomado Falcon is helping me do my taxes. What a good girl. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024

New Painting

Working in the office today with help from Mischa, rolling ink on a new Claybord of a Bald Eagle. Not a porcupine as had I planned to continue my mammal fix, so a bird for now. This is so much fun.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Front Page News!

Ravalli Republic serving the Bitterroot yesterday, cover of the Missoulian E-edition tomorrow, I think. Maybe today...thanks Jessica for the "Birdy" story!


Friday, January 19, 2024

New and Done

14” x 11”     Claybord with pen & ink, printing inks, Arteza Brush pens, scratchboard etching, lots of experiments.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Newspaper Story

Reporter Jessica Abell contacted us about a cheerful story on our birds indoors, and four were in here for a week. The last to exit was Little Billie the Northern Saw-whet Owl and he probably wondered what that was all about. Jessica asked about winterizing the enclosures and living with Raptors In the House, maybe the title - in the Ravalli Republic, maybe Missoulian this Saturday.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Monday, January 15, 2024

Saturday, January 13, 2024

House Birds

Temperatures this morning -28 degrees F and birds in the house starting a two nights ago. Looks like they'll be here helping me for a while longer - Sibley because she's nearly 21 years old, Sonora the Aplomado (and Desert Bird), Little Billie the Saw-whet in a kennel for safety, and Mischa the Peregrine because she's spoiled. They have been enjoying a nice selection of jazz on the stereo, and I've gone through a stack of Wall Street Journals, if you know what I mean.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Bitterroot Birds

This pair of Red-tailed Hawks is at Metcalf Refuge, and shows reverse sexual size dimorphism (RSSD), larger female on the pole. That is only the 2nd Red-tail I have ever seen standing on a utility wire, the other one is a little male that hangs out near Lolo on 93, one certain spot on the west side. He just shows up every now and then for years, and I can't believe it's the same bird. But it's the same location north of Trader Brothers, same peculiar hunting behavior, and not lately. I always wish I had my camera but then I would have to pull over on The Bitterroot 500, scary.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Trumpeters at the Refuge!

Trumpeter Swans that is, and Lee Metcalf NWR in Stevensville to be precise.

Monday, January 1, 2024