Happy Solstice, one of my favourite days of the year, a time of reflection and for being grateful. This year, I took a break from painting and returned to valuing the simplicity of drawing with coloured conte and charcoal on paper. We sold our home and found a new one on an island off the West Coast of Vancouver. Our new home has not been inhabited for a long time and a robin had built it's nest beside and intertwined with the old one from last year. It was perched on top of the outside security lights and the poor bird almost had a heart attack with the lights going on and off because of all our activities. Weeks later, when the babies had eventually flown the nest and there was no sign left of Mrs. Robin, we took the double nest down and I did the drawings below from it. It is huge and precariously in danger of completely falling apart but oh so beautiful in it's craftsmanship.

 

 Mrs. Robin's Double Nest, conte and charcoal on paper. 2016

Mrs. Robin's Double Nest, conte and charcoal on paper. 2016

... and then I had to draw more nests, they were all found on walks and the eggs I added from images later.

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