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We have a pair of Great-horned owls hanging around. I first heard them hooting just overhead in an oak tree early this spring while working in the garden. They were close, real close and I was excited. Pooh, my fat, orange marmalade cat, was hanging out with me in the garden. I figured the owls couldn’t help but notice her and in fact that might be why they were so close. Easy pickings. I scooped up Pooh and locked her in the studio then went back down to the garden to hang out with the owls. They were still calling back and forth to one another and I decided to get as close as I could to them. When I walked by the tree they were in I saw them both fly down to the creek. One landed in a tree on this side of the creek and one landed in a tree on the other side, right across from each other. I stood for a minute to let them settle and get my eyes on them. They were still calling so I figured out who was who. The female was in the nearest tree. (Females have a higher pitch to their call). As I started walking down the hill the female flew off but the male stayed put. I stopped and waited, then walked a bit closer so I had a good view of him and saw that he was watching me. I just stood there for about 15 minutes and watched him. I was struck with his regal bearing. During that time he would look around, sometimes in the direction his mate had flown, sometimes other directions, no doubt looking for a marmalade cat or some such edible. At times he would fix his eyes on me for a moment then go on about his business of looking for things of more interest. I finally retreated with the light and let him be.
Owls. There are few things like an owl for bringing out the anal retentive gene in some of us artist types. Owls have the most complex feathers in pattern and structure, which conceal their powerful anatomy. Sitting owls look like statuesque, fluffy stumps. Perhaps that’s one reason we see plenty of owl statues but few paintings. In 2D owls present a challenge; thick bodies, huge heads, short tails, broad wings, strong legs cloaked in complex feathers and large, feathered feet tipped with massive talons; all that with no bright colors but plenty of detail. This impressive package is all camouflaged in a complex mass of feathers that make them look “stumpy” and is in fact meant to make them disappear when hanging out in a tree. Furthermore, the owl rotates its head 180 degrees because it’s eyes are so big that they can’t move in their sockets. This causes owls to have unusual postures, at least from our perspective, and an otherworldly aspect when those huge eyes are laid upon you, always directly.
I love this stuff!
So, now I am working on a picture of a great-horned owl. I hope to share not only the art, but the experience of creating the piece with you. There is no way to talk about all that goes into creating any piece of art other than letting you know that nearly every experience I have ever had in my life, in some way or another ends up in there. All is mystery and even as my own hands and eyes and heart work to make these things I wonder at how it happens. Thank You.