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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.