This rainy, cold weather makes me want to climb the walls. If I had to go out, I would wish that I could stay home, but we did actually go for a quick run. The good thing about being inside the last two days, is that I was able to finish two paintings that have been sitting on the easel…….
I AM SO HAPPY about this !!!!!!!!
I was getting worried that I would never finish another painting…..just start new hopeless cases that are destined to embarrass me after I am gone, or my relatives, that is…….Well, at least two are finished. I just might do a little rain dance after all!
Our niece, Anna asked me to do a painting of a Barn Owl for her room in her new house. I became inspired to grant her wish when I read Wesley The Owl by Stacey O”Brien. This is a book that I will always own and cherish. I gave my first copy to Annie and I will buy another to keep. It is that good. My husband Tom should really appreciate the fact that after reading about how heavenly, yet horrific it can be to raise an owl, I am not going to adopt one anytime soon. A friend just generously offered to allow me to help raise an orphaned Screech owl. Isn’t there enough screeching in this house already? Another well meaning friend has recently reminded me how much I would love an Alpaca. This is so tempting but after last week, I think I will wait til next year’s new crop. If an owlet appears on my doorstep, I think I might be in heaven, though. Just sayin’
This is a watercolor sketch that I am working on. It is part of a series of owl paintings that I am making into cards that will be for sale here They will be posted for sale with my larger paintings when the cards are ready. Yes, I am still an owlaholic with no desire to change!
This painting is exactly what I remember from our owl sighting about two years ago. I was riding Sarita and Tom was on Francie. It was not quite dark, but two Barred owls were perched together right on the fence-line to our neighbor’s property. The only other time we saw two owls together was right when we first bought the Rockin’ P ranch in 1996. I have seen a few road kill of these barred owls because of their habit of flying and hunting at a low position, perfect target for cars. Sunday night we saw one perched beside the county road and Tom saw him early this morning again. Too far away and too dark, but he was really looking for him.
There you are!
I love all birds and animals, but owls are my current obsession and here is my collection……The painting above is oil on ampersand board of two eagle Owls. Some of my other paintings are listed on Etsy and you can click here to see them at Leicalady.etsy.com
We love it when we spot an owl. Seeing two was a special treat late one afternoon, trail riding in a wooded area of the ranch. We always carry our cameras with us on our saddles, but these two were long gone before we had a chance to capture them. This is a big painting in oil that I have started that reminds me of that day. If we had been lucky enough to get that shot, the depth of field would have been shallow and the image pretty much out of focus and underexposed. I will never forget the eyes, though.
I never fully understood what the true meaning of this sentence in Spanish was until I was separated from my family for too long of a period to be able to cope with it. We lost our precious brother, Russell and are grieving still….but we are all under the same moon and that gives me peace. I painted this little tribute dedicated to that thought today…..