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Saturday, October 13, 2012

New Owl Painting

This is my latest painting - "Barn Owl on a Snowy Branch" painted with acrylics on an approximate 8x10-inch wooden plaque. I painted this for a niece of mine, who loves animals as I do and collects owls. This is the second owl I've painted, and I seem drawn to them lately (yes, I know they're everywhere this year, especially this fall decorating!) I've decided to do a whole series of owls. 

 
This is the first one I painted. It's quite a bit more "whimsical" than the barn owl.
 
 
 These mysterious creatures have represented many things in myths and legends. Everything from wisdom and protectors and bringers of prophecy, to omens of death, depending on the culture and the time in history. The Native American Hopi Tribe believed owls to be sacred, and the Burrowing Owl was a protector of all the plants and things that grow on the earth.  In parts of England, it's considered good luck to see an owl. Over the years, there have been lots of superstitions surrounding the birds, but since the beginning of the 20th century, owls have mostly become a symbol of wisdom.
 
"A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?"
 
 
For me - I just think they're beautiful creatures and make fascinating subjects to paint!
 
I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. It's a rainy, cool, very fall-like day in northwest Ohio. I sure wish I had a fireplace on days like this! Candles will have to do. :)
 
Until next time,
Cindy
 
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21 comments:

Merlesworld said...

I like your painting of owls, they are rare here sometimes you may see them in the country but I've never seen the in Sydney.
Merle...

Sarah said...

Cindy, your painting are delightful. I especially like the whimsical one. ;-) I'm intrigued by owls, and last year my husband gave me an owl house at Christmas. Not occupied as yet, but I'm hopeful that a couple will find it and move in this year.

kitty said...

Hi Cindy, I don't know which painting I like more as I love both of them.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow!! These are beautiful!!!

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

dana said...

Such wonderful paintings!! And I love the poem, too! I design/make/sell fabric items for local shows. . .they're seasonal creations such as witches, scarecrows, santas, etc. One of my best sellers this fall was a little wool owl (actually it wasn't my pattern). I made them in fallish colors of oranges and browns and dk greens. I'm going to attempt to make some for Christmas in ivory/tan tones of wool. . .and will add a bit of Christmasy cheer to them . . . maybe some greenery or rusty bells. I don't know. Anyway. . .I remember (way back in the 70s ) that owls were very popular to decorate with. My mom had a huge collection (mainly given to over time as gifts from friends and family).

Hope you've had a great weekend!!

dana

Daisy said...

Very nice paintings, Cindy. The whimsical one would be a cute one in a children's picture book!

Magic Love Crow said...

Cindy, I love both these paintings! You know I love my crows, but I love owls too! Hope your weekend is going well ;o) It's wet and warm here today! On saturday we had frost! Big warm hugs ;o)

Christine said...

lovely owls today!

The Tablescaper said...

Quite lovely.

- The Tablescaper

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great owls, Cindy!

Lulu said...

Delightful creations with just a touch of whimsy.

Monica said...

Beautiful paintings and color combos! Love to paint owls too.
Once, a little owl even entered my home... it was such a surreal moment! You can see it on my blog here:
http://the-white-bench.blogspot.it/2010/09/random-things.html
Thanks for stopping by!
Monica

Mumsy said...

That is such a beautiful painting of the owl!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

these are wonderful... I am pretty sure we don't get these owls here in Queensland, but I sure wish we did... to see them in the wild would be wonderful... in the mean time I will have to be satisfied with your lovely work...xx

Annabelle said...

Really cute and adorable owls, both favourites.
Love to paint owls too besides spiders
m^..^m Annabelle

Jessica Sporn said...

Loving your owls. Especially the snowy. Happy PPF!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful owl on a plate and your branches are fab. Happy PPF, Annette x

Anne Manda said...

Love your owls, they are beautiful, mysterious creatures!

denthe said...

Different styles but I love them both!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Cindy that is awesome, wow, hope you paint more owls I love owls!

Well done, my friend!

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