They say timing is everything don't they? Well maybe my timing is off, as I picked a hard time to begin a blog...we're in the middle of construction.
We're working on our studio/gallery/workshop at the present time. We'll need roof work and total electrical setup and furnace/AC wiring and setup, that'll come this summer we hope.
Georgie and I were working on the interior gallery wall today...can still work on that as it won't influence any outside walls, windows, or roof work. We are out in the country and are remodeling an older farm building for the studio, so there's a good deal of a ways to go yet.
I did just finish a fairly large piece (for me), a color pencil landscape that I'd been toying with in my head for quite some time. I've fixated on night time landscapes before, but always wanted to do one with an owl in it. This goes way back to when I was a kid...saw many owls at night growing up and the images of these cool birds just stuck in my imagination. I've always loved raptors and owls anyway, they're a more dramatic creature than the run of the mill bird, and stir up lots of images in people's minds.
The owl I chose for this nocturnal landscape is a Great Horned Owl...I've probably done more GHO's than any owl. They're the most common owl where we live and always were where we grew up. But I must admit to really liking Eastern Screech-Owls as much. But I'll save a Screech-Owl for another day.
The scene is one I did several photographs of last early July, and is just across the road from our place...it's of another subject that I can really get interested in, hay bales. Love the interest they bring to a pastoral scene....they also lend the sense of size, proximity, and relief, etc...
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The original piece is 23.5" W X 8" H. The length tells you it's more of a panoramic image, and yes, I've been interested in panoramic landscapes the past couple years...they seem to fit the prairie theme and agricultural themes as well. The prairie landscape can sweep away into the distance, or up into the sky for ever...there's no one way to see or experience it.