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I live in a place where it’s not unusual to hear the “who-cooks-for-you?” call of barred owls, especially just before dawn. Eerily beautiful with their pale faces and dark eyes (they are the only brown-eyed owl in the eastern US) they thrive in neighborhoods. Despite the fears of my neighbors who are convinced that the owl roosting in their oak tree wants to make a meal of their chihuahua, barred owls are usually after rodents… and older neighborhoods, like the one where I live, provide a steady supply. They are large creatures, with wings spanning three feet. Twice, while walking at night, I have seen barred owls soar past just a few feet above my head like silent ghosts, gliding fast, suddenly materializing out of the dark. It is a sight that will stop you in your tracks.
We drew barred owls (along with a number of other owls, and some hawks, eagles and osprey) during a recent workshop at 5 Rivers. By popular demand, I’m going to lead the “Drawing Birds of Prey” workshop once more on Saturday, July 14, from 10am until 3pm. No art experience is necessary, and all art supplies are provided. There are a few spots left at this time… registration is $60 and must be received to hold your spot. Email me for info.
Lauren Shenk Fouts said:
PLEASE come to Kentucky! I grew up in Mobile and Huntsville but we have lived just outside Lexington since I got my maser’s. I would dearly love to be able to attend one or more of your classes. Your art is exactly what I hope to reflect when my drawing fingers catch up to my heart!
Thanks very much, Lauren. I would love to do a workshop in Kentucky. Maybe in 2013…
shady gardener said:
He is Gorgeous, Val! Will you leave him “as is,” or finish him? Either way, he’ll be wonderful. 🙂
Oh, thank you! I intend to finish him… I just haven’t had time. He is on my list. 🙂
peggy aplSEEDS said:
this is so beautiful! i love the effect of the charcoal white (i didn’t even know there was such a thing!) i wonder if it is available here. thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!
marie z johansen said:
Val – will this be a class that you will repeat? We feed hawks and eagles here, and it would be great class to take. Thanks – gosh I may become a ‘groupie’ !