12-3 pm February 12, 2012: Book signing at the Turtle Bay Museum store in Redding, Ca

eagle sky dance

acrylic over pencil Nov 2011

movement lines

pen and watercolor Nov 2011

pen

paper showing through

pen and watercolor Nov 2011

pen and watercolor Nov 2011

Adding sketching into background.

pencil and watercolor Oct 2011
pencil movement lines and watercolor, pencil sketch Oct 2011

pencil over watercolor Oct 2011
Locked talons, spinning effortlessly in free-fall.

watercolor Nov 2011
spread 1--aerial courtship

watercolor Nov 2011
Climbing up to place the cone on the nest. Extreme angle.

pen and watercolor Nov 2011

The cone is discovered. Fall colors.

Pen and watercolor Nov 2011
Eagles meet up after a long time apart and send cries out over the river. A late fall reunion.

pen and watercolor Nov 2011

Eagles dive at cone.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Cover idea--too passive.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Cover sketch

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Bolder color to move away from muted blue skies.

acrylic over pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Cover sketch: eagle in foreground with the attack of the cone behind. Foothills.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Idea for cover.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011

Eagle attacking cone for cover.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011

The ascent up the cottonwood tree with the cone in tow.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011

Tree climbers remove the cone.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
Patriot and Liberty approach their nest and find it is blocked by a big black cone! The turning point in the story that is followed by the climax. The late fall pink leaves on the cottonwood tree are scarce. The blue of the sky hinted.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
The cone in the background is missing. The eagles gesture.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011
The eagles, Patriot and Liberty, look on as the tree climber removes the beginnings of a new nest. The original nest with the antagonist, a black cone, in the background. The white of the paper plays a key role. The watercolor is applied in a loose manner.

pen and watercolor Oct 2011