Tag Archives: owl

Snowy Owl

snowy owl - Snowy Owl

My extreme close up portraits cut out any distractions, giving the viewer an intimate study of the creature portrayed. My Snowy Owl portrait  captures the full intensity of the focused stare of this beautiful bird.

Acrylic on Canvas 24 inches x 24 inches.

Original painting – £650

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The Owl and the Pussycat – Owl

owl pussycat owl - The Owl and the Pussycat - Owl

The Owl…

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note. – Edward Lear.

This wasn’t originally intended as an illustration for the famous children’s poem by Edward Lear. I have been working on a series of extreme close ups of animals, and this piece went so well with the tabby cat, it was only fitting that they should become a set. Happily, they have remained a set, as they were sold together.

Acrylics on Canvas, 8 inches by 8 inches. Original Sold.

Prints will be available soon.

 

Blodeuedd

blodeuedd - Blodeuedd

Blodeuedd

A watercolour portrait of Blodeuedd (or Blodeuwedd – Welsh for “flower faced”), the unfaithful flower maiden cursed to take the form of an owl in the Mabinogion of Welsh myth.

The hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes was cursed by his mother Arianrhod never to take a human wife. So, to get around this, the magicians Math and Gwydion made Blodeueudd from flowers. Yet the flower maiden was unfaithful, conspiring with her lover Gronw against her husband. As a punishment, Gwydion then cursed her to take the form of an owl. To the Welsh, the owl was a bird of the night, hated by all others. It is also the most “flower faced” of British birds. So it was that “Blodeuewedd” became the Welsh name for the owl.

I may be Welsh, but I love owls, so I really enjoyed painting this!