Art Conjures up Real Creature

     I decided to try making a linocut recently.  I started with a simple idea.  An owl. Using the tools with the required delicacy was a challenge, but I wasn’t unhappy with my first attempt. I’ve included a photo of the print here. More significant than the represented owl, however, was an actual barred owl I spotted the next day on a branch twenty yards from the back gate of my complex.  It was the middle of the afternoon and the magnificent creature was a marvelous sight.  How do owls manage to look so nonplussed, so majestic?  While I didn’t get a picture of the owl, I did take a picture of one of its feathers found on the ground nearby.

It seems that my representational homage to the owl conjured up an owl in reality.  I felt really fortunate.  I even went and got one of my neighbour’s kids to come look at it, and then two of the tradesmen who are replacing our gutters.  One of them asked: “how can that be a bird, it doesn’t look like other birds?”  I thought it was quite amusing when his coworker looked at him as if he was an idiot and said: “there are millions of species of birds…think of a penguin, think of an ostrich!”

The next linocut subject must be chosen carefully if this is the effect I am to expect.  Maybe a bear or a deer, but certainly not a cougar.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheryl
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 19:05:19

    We had a smallish bear eating the Loganberries and playing around in the middle of the day! And I didn’t even do a linocut! Your owl is quite good, by the way, why didn’t you like it? Quit being so critical!


    • Sheryl
      Aug 23, 2011 @ 19:08:03

      Nice feather too…. I found another orange and black Flicker feather when I went out on my scooter, on to the scanner it went, of course.


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