Artwork Description

Pencil on paper

Signed on the front.

(Bubo virginianus)

Restless on the Bough.

Follow her gaze - what does she see? Stories unfolding in distances impossible for our own sight, a narrative beyond our comprehension. Powerful and impossibly fluffy feet, razor like talons ticking against branch in anticipation.

Mary Oliver wrote of the Great Horned owl: “In January and February I walk in the woods and look for a large nest in a tall tree. In my mind’s eye I see the great horned, the early nester, sitting upon her bulk of sticks, like an old woman on a raft.” That image has stayed with me since I first read it. There is something so regal about this creature, as though they bare the weight of wisdom with seriousness and solemnity.

The name of this piece was inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver, who wrote many words about owls, their at once mysterious and wholly grounded nature, and connection to all facets of the web of life.

Artwork comes shipped flat with a protective acid free mat frame and backing, ready for you to take to a professional framer and have beautifully matted and framed to match your heart and home.

Reference by Jennie Norris via Wildlife Reference Photos

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Professional Coloured Pencil on Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper

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