owls: the cure for a bad mood

10 Jun

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and was in a slump for most of the day. Knowing better than to finish a screenprint edition in bad mood (printmaking never turns out well if you aren’t up for it) I decided to instead start a new piece for my framed feathers installation… I love owls: they are magnificent birds, with such power, knowledge and beauty. I spent a good chunk of the winter glued to an owl cam, with twitter friends, watching babies hatch and grow bigger with their Mom and Dad. I figured if any animal was capable of cheering me up, it would be one of these feathered friends, so I grabbed one of my found “frames” (which is actually a wooden hot plate) and went to work. Here’s some progress shots so you can see how he came about. I don’t know what it was about him, but even as I started to lay down the base layer of white acrylic I caught myself starting to smile a little bit. The more paint I added, and the more feathers I filled in, the happier I was feeling. When all was said and done, I felt like a new woman. Here’s the finished piece (a great horned owl): And a quick detail shot too: I am so happy that I plucked up the effort to start this creation – there’s a reason why doctors and psychologists recommend art therapy: it works.

11 Responses to “owls: the cure for a bad mood”

  1. aspetalsfall 11/06/2011 at 01:35 #

    C’est Magnifique!

  2. Anna Jane Searle 11/06/2011 at 02:45 #

    He looks marvelous

  3. Brooke 11/06/2011 at 08:28 #

    It’s wonderful! Way to stick at it, even in a bad mood. I usually just give up and watch cat videos on youtube.

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 11/06/2011 at 08:57 #

    SO NICE! I really like the process shots and the close ups you’ve been including lately. One of my favourite things to do at a gallery is to get as close as possible (after admiring the piece as a whole) and see the brush strokes.

  5. anika 11/06/2011 at 09:03 #

    amazing! each new piece you share leaves me all a-flutter. :D

  6. harriet gray 11/06/2011 at 09:40 #

    he’s fantastic!! love the idea of using ‘found frames’ x

  7. dana welsh-osiowy 11/06/2011 at 19:57 #

    I simply ADORE process pieces! This is gorgeous – definitely made me smile! I can’t wait to check out your show in Invermere – I am just down the valley in Cranbrook.

    • naturesmyfriend 12/06/2011 at 17:25 #

      Wow, can’t wait to see you!!! iI you make it to the opening night on wednesday july 13th, be sure to introduce yourself :D

  8. Kye Sangha 12/06/2011 at 15:25 #

    He’s so beautifully intense! Love him! (& glad you’re feeling better)

  9. naturesmyfriend 12/06/2011 at 17:25 #

    Thank you all so much for the lovely comments and for encouraging some positivity! OWLS ARE THE BEST

  10. Dianne 13/06/2011 at 02:34 #

    HE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Painting Owls is how I cheer myself up as well, so I totally understand. x

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