|Three Owls, Michael Dumas|
|A Snow Owl of paper and wood by Zack Mclaughlin|
Copyright, Jim LaneHow Now Brown Owl, 1978, Jim Lane
|The owls of John Pusater. The third image (just above) illustrates one of the owl's strangest attributes, the ability to swivel its heads up to 270 degrees|
What a cat is to the mouse in cities, an owl is to them in a rural environment. Owls keep the population of mice, rats, and rabbits under control. Over past centuries down through to the present, owls are the most-sought-after birds by sorcerers, tribal medicine men, bird watchers, artists, environmentalists, and those who write mythologies. All of these people know about owls, but no one (other than Harry Potter) wishes to keep them as pets. Owls are found all over the world, but they like to keep themselves aloof and out of the sight of human beings in that they are nocturnal birds with an inherent liking for deserted places. The fifteenth century Netherlandish painter, Hieronymus Bosch, was probably the first painter in the history of European art to gravitate to this wise old bird of prey as seen in two details from his famous 1504 painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights. The upper image (below) depicts a pygmy owl while the lower image is that of a giant Barn owl. Why all the owls? They seem like very nearly frivolous afterthoughts, working as they do in the dark places, windows, tree branches, and margins of his paintings. Despite their marginalized presence in many of Bosch's works, they still manage to convey a touch of sensitivity, intimacy, and humor--as though their tiny presence somehow supervised the goings-on in the paintings.
|One could say the owl is Bosch's signature motif, its absence in a |
Bosch painting is far more notable than its presence.
|Barn Owl Chick, painted bronze, Nick Bibby|
|Owl Love, Dann-e|
|Watercolor seems to be quite adept in rendering the delicate |
qualities of owl chicks.
Cindy Thomas 'heavyweight owls
|Lower image: Owls with Black and White Abstract by Donald Woods|
|Just what we need, a sexy Barn Owl.|