Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Emma watches very intently out the window.
She doesn't  seem to hear me when I call to her...
It is as if she is under some kind of spell.

It is the spell of the Crow.

Look how close they are Emma!!
So sturdy and black, not a feather out of place.

These crows are eating dry kibble set out for them. Soon they will set off
to roost in trees for the night. This one shows the posture a crow takes
just before lifting up into flight.

While the crow is fast asleep, other birds are awake and
embrace the night skies.

The mysterious Nightjar.

Seldom seen, they blend in with their surroundings and
are motionless on the forest floor. From dusk till dawn they fly though
the air at night, scooping up moths and other insects into their wide
gaping mouths. What a spectacle they must be...swiftly soaring mouths
in the dark sky, followed by large shiny eyes!

 I've been working on this watercolor painting here and there as time allows.
I enjoy working on pieces that require more time and dedication in between
freer, more spontaneous drawings of pen and ink.

Like the nightjar, this kind of painting require stillness, and patience.


  1. The night jar painting is as lovely and still as this longest night. Thank you for blessing me this shortest day with the images of Emma and the crows! Merry Christmas, dear Ramona. -sus

  2. Ramona, what a beautiful beautiful painting, really honoring one of my favourite birds! Small but very powerful work!

  3. You have captured Emma perfectly - she does look to be under the crow's spell! Wonder what she's thinking?
    Your night jar painting is wonderful. Love his mysterious expression.
    Have a joyous Christmas!

  4. In words you beautifully described the Nightjar and with your paint brush you illuminated the beautiful night bird. Such a captivating work. I've always loved the sight of crows, and of them I told and heard so many tales but none were told as eloquently as yours!

  5. a captivated cat, concentration personified.

  6. This is a wonderful good-night-story including different small moments and scenes into one circle of the wonder of life. What a beautiful watercolor, meditation of the night!

  7. So fascinating, those mysterious birds of the night! A beautiful little painting.

    And I wonder if Emma makes those strange kind of meow-chattering at the crows out the window? Pasha does that when he's separated from prey by a pane of glass or some other obstruction, its really quite amusing. I wonder if the ravens around here would appreciate kibbles? Trouble is, so would the coyotes, bobcats, fishers, etc. etc.... so best not to attract them. Oh well, I'll just have to attract them with my heart!