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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Owls and the Moon #79


Painted from memories new ones and old ones. Two nights ago my husband and I spotted a great horned owl about a block from home. We could hear a youngster calling nearby and another adult farther off.

Yesterday I listened for the owls. All was quiet. But the nearly full moon was lovely. When I looked out the dark sky still held some of the day’s blueness and soft clouds softened the outline of the moon.

Late this afternoon I got an itch to create a little painting from the owls, the moon, and from memories. The only reference I used was a 20 minute sketch of my neighbor’s scraggly cedar. I’ve got owls embedded in my brain because I grew up with great horned owls flying free outside, and getting into mischief inside, my parent’s home. My favorite was “Minerva,” an owlet I raised from tiny on.

And if this subject matter looks familiar, I posted a great horned owl and moon as my challenge #15, in the middle of last March. I like the color in this way better. Back then I knew I wanted to handle night color but didn’t know where to begin.

5 comments:

jyothisethu said...

nice painting...
beautiful composition using both the color and object...


congrats...

Ginger*:) said...

Takes my breath away. I love being outdoors at night with "Henry hound" and each night we see a different kind of weather, moon, stars, clouds. Sometimes the clouds look like a watercolor painting and sometimes they resemble a patchwork quilt. Your painting with the owls is fascinating and perfectly done.

Teri C said...

That night sky is so gorgeous Elva. Masterful job on this.

Kelly said...

Elva...this is just beautiful. On cold winter nights between 1 and 3 a.m. I often hear Great Horned Owls hooting back and forth (esp. in Jan and Feb) in our neighborhood. No matter how cold it is, I open the window and listen. I've tried to spot them, but so far, the night has kept them hidden. You've really captured the feel of the night, and the owls in the tree look like what has been living in my imagination for a long time! One of my favorites...

Mermaid's Palette said...

Elva-
You did such a beautiful job on the night sky with the moon! Very difficult to handle, but you made it look easy!
Sheryl