On the Drawing Board: "Feathers that Touch the Clouds"

I have been working on this pen-and-ink drawing for several years. It depicts a golden eagle soaring against a bank of cumulus clouds forming over the Uinta Mountains, visible to the east from my garden/studio.

The drawing is large, as my drawings go, 27" by 18.5." The gray smudges and light lines on the drawing-in-progress shown below are the pencil guides for the finished rendering.

Eagle feathers hold special significance for my Native American neighbors, and it is from this special relationship that I have borrowed the title.

I have included a photo from the summer 2012 issue of Continuum magazine that shows the drawing and drawing board.

 "Feathers that Touch the Clouds", an in-progress pen-and-ink drawing. © 2013 Fred Montague

"Feathers that Touch the Clouds", an in-progress pen-and-ink drawing. © 2013 Fred Montague

 Fred Montague stipples cloud details on "Feathers that Touch the Clouds". Photo by Tom Smart.

Fred Montague stipples cloud details on "Feathers that Touch the Clouds". Photo by Tom Smart.