We live on a hill
Steve calls me the 'mother of crows'
and I love that they call out to me for attention.
I am much happier with crows around the house than with the magpies
who dominated the house acreage. Crows seem happy to live with all the other birds
around them and the small birds
the magpies chased away
have come back.
Living high on a hill means we are often looking down on birds soaring high above Palmwoods,
or flying through the tall trees below us.
We have watched crows' nests being built and the young mimicking their parents.
I am pretty sure we have at least three generations of crows here on our bush block.
Of course there are countless other birds too!
This is a small book of etching, aquatint and chine colle worked into concertina format and folding back into a solid cover with a spine of black leather. I have worked quite a bit on the back of the paper as well and like the way I get glimpses of that work when I am looking through the book.
I had a little bit of fun with some old wooden type I have sitting on studio shelves.
The dry point print I have used as some of my hills looks like birdsong music ...... may be a stretch of the imagination but I can see it!
I find it hard to believe eleven weeks of this year have passed already and I am still ticking away with the 52 book project. Already the discipline is having the desired affect - making me spend time in the studio, getting my creative juices flowing again providing inspiration for future work. What I am longing to do after working with all these small books, is some LARGE drawings. Large, bold, black ..... hmmmm.