Sunday, 9 October 2011

How now wise owl


Why are owls always supposed to be wise, even when they are not - case in point a certain WOL, trusted advisor to a bear with little brain (but more than he thinks)?

Is it because they often appear to be wearing spectacles... which as everyone knows is a clear indicator of advanced intelligence... or possibly just an ability to see clearly?

For Sunday Sketches and Inspiration Avenue's Owl theme this week I thought I would sketch an owl (we are yet to determine its wisdom though). Now, normally when I sketch something I haven't drawn since I was 6 years old, I would gather some form of reference to assist. However, I was rather too engrossed in simultaneously watching the X-Factor on TV and so decided to use stored mental reference instead.

Owls though are not a bird I have often seen in my garden (heard occasionally), but never seen. I do love looking at them at bird displays though - what magnificent creatures, such power... such wisdom behind those eyes.... Ah, now look at me. I'm answering my own question. Owls just look wise. They go about their business with calm, unruffled authority and woe betide any fool who gets in their way.

My owl however, does not look like he'd do well in a fight. He came from the smallest egg in the clutch and has always preferred to sit and share, rather than go and acquire, his wisdom. I rather like him though and he just goes to prove that we don't need a reference to draw from. Believe it or not, we all have acquired our own wisdom over the years, our store of knowledge (what owls look like, for example). We just have to trust our guts to use it!

31 comments:

  1. Yes, he looks like a very nice and well fed owl. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. He is wonderful and does look wise.

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  3. Your owlie is the cutest of cutes. And he would look very intelligent with some wired glasses on. I think it was him I heard hooting last night outside my window. : )

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  4. ooooooooh! (no pun intended) So cute! ~ Love your owl ~ well done ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) linked with Sunday Sketches ^_^

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  5. I think your owl is beautiful.

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  6. That's a pretty special owl you made from memory. And while watching a TV show, to boot! Love your gut feel on this sketch.

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  7. He does look a little chubby but I bet he can take on any of his friends in a flying match. :) Cute!

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  8. He does look wise and so cute! I like that you drew him just from memory!

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  9. Such a handsome old owl he is, as well as wise.

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  10. Dear Always,

    (Love that joke, by the way!)

    Your owl is great and I love the accompanying post... wise, indeed!

    xo
    Kristin

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  11. Enjoyed your post & your owl--he looks pretty wise to me!

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  12. i like your owl! owls are very popular here in my home...
    also, i love the x-factor - my girls and i have been watching here in the states, and LOVE it...i cry all of the time!

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  13. oh isn't he just the sweetest :) and even better that he's been summoned from memory with the added touch of x factor....(I'm thinking perhaps the Louis Walsh of owls! haha!) Love the wisdom of your post too :)

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  14. I love your owl I think he's got so much character because you drew him from memory!! Are you going to paint him? I'd love to see him painted :0)

    I've just been going through your latest posts and I really enjoyed your 'interview yourself piece' heheheh had me laughing and your madrid inspired art is absolutely gorgeous!!! You are a very talented lady!!! :0)

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  15. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog and can I say this is impressive if you are drawing this without any sort of reference... very cool drawing!

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  16. Your adorable owl definitely is a young owl - an owlet! They do look like that when they're young, I've seen them myself. But the adult ones really look wise.

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  17. Lisa, your owl is a hoot :D
    He is really very cute and fully :)

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  18. A very cute little owl. I like his little round eyes and the symmetry of his shape. Well done :)
    Happy SS,
    Alaurie

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  19. He's adorable.....fluffy and inquisitive :)
    Would be fun to see him colorized ;D

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  20. I LOVE your owl, he looks very sweet and cuddly- AND quite wise! Great job drawing him without a reference, I find I am extremely dependent on reference, but trying to wean myself from them....

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  21. and yet they are stealth, silent perhaps guardians. My daughter is a bit fanatical about owls so she will love this!

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  22. Your owl is so adorable! I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's owl sketches, I would like to try one! Love your work here...I just signed on as a follower.

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  23. I do love what you said about stored wisdom. It should be conjured up whenever we get the chance. Your owl is a good example of that. If I were to draw an owl from stored wisdom, it would look just like yours.

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  24. ha-ha Thank you for making me chuckle this morning as I push through sadness, etc. I think your owl would put up quite the fight. One thing I've learned is never judge someone by their "appearance". Hee Great owl sketch.

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  25. You are a wise one Lisa. I loved your commentary. And the owl aint too shabby either! ♥♥♥

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  26. When I was a teenage girl, I used to be obsessed of owls ... Thought I was over it. I'm beginning an owlette is pecking and winking at me big time! Hahaha! Nice Work!

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  27. Hi,
    Just stumbled upon your site whilst watching "The Wright Stuff" on UK television. Steve Wright, I am sure this is not the first time you have heard this.

    Nice blog, I shall stop by often.
    Di
    YONKS UK

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