27th May 2022 Dr Beena
Hello guys! Today I will discuss this Owl painting. Yeah, once again, it was a challenge. We had to paint this in abstract form and create the conceptual work by a free flow of the paint. That means we need to allow the paint to flow. I had already painted my owl with specific detail on the eyes, so I was very reluctant to spoil that with free-flowing paint☹☹. So instead, I turned the page upside down and let the paint flow in the direction I wanted. I did tell the art teacher that I would like to keep my focus on the eyes and let that speak to the audience. I drew the owl with a pen and highlighted the feathers. Then I used watercolour to enhance the effect.
I want to share the thoughts of Hwai Jen here as her comments inspired my musing for today. She remarked that the eyes look fiery and ferocious. The splashes of red in the background seemed to unsettle her. She felt that this little monster had killed some poor victim, or could the colours of autumn with the scarlet hues fill the background? Many of my male friends loved this owl. I am wondering, ” did they see the kill that the owl made?” Is it the hunter in them that comes to their minds? Contrary, my female friends were delighted by the details of the feathers and the expression of the eyes. One remarked that she saw mischief in the eyes😊😊. Others felt, it looked regal😊. Well, we can never gauge the thoughts beneath one’s gaze, right? Hmm, it does make me conclude about evolution. Females were gatherers, and males were hunters.
Owls are hunters and hunt their prey with stealth and precision. Then they hide their kill in safe places for later use. Now the word for that is caching. In addition, they share information with other owls about the best food places. Large owls hoot, and small owls toot😊. During the mating season, the males will sing songs to attract females. The female will listen to the many hoots or toots and respond to the one she likes😊😊. Then the male will show his prowess by flying and hanging upside down from the tree😊. Once they find their mates, the male will search for nests made by other animals. However, the females make the final decision about the nest😊😊.
I find many similarities between humans and owls. Many are positive ones. However, with the significant deforestation, not only will owls become extinct, we may not survive with rising temperatures☹☹. On that note, I would love to hear from the readers about these musings. Till then, have a great weekend.