1514 “Sun’s up; time for bed” (Barn Owls portrait)
Original Water colour. Artist Code: 1514. Picture inception and preliminary drawing done in May 2015. Painting started April 2020, completed 8th August 2020. Unframed. Painted on Aquarelle Arches 140lb 100% cotton rag paper, 14″ x 20″.
In December 2014 I spent the most wonderful 5 hours sitting in an aviary with two beautiful barn owls (Robbie and Suzie). I took over 400 photographs and just watched them. What extremely graceful creatures they are and so silent in their flight. I had attended a friend’s 70th birthday party in August 2014 which was lovely, and he showed me his two barn owls, with an open invitation to visit any time to get resource photographs.
In May 2015 I attended an exhibition at Hinchingbrooke Country Park and one visitor to the exhibition on the day that I attended as Artist in Residence commissioned me to secretly paint a portrait of a barn owl for her husband’s birthday. After I had produced the preliminary sketch for approval (which she liked very much), she felt that her husband ought to see it. It wasn’t that he disliked the sketch, he decided that his dear wife should not pay that much for his present, so very reluctantly she decided not to go ahead with the commission. But having drawn the preliminary sketch I thought I might as well paint a picture. I was then fortunate enough to receive a run of commissions, so this painting was relegated to my “Paintings to Do” list, which permanently has about 25 picture ideas on it!
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