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Portrait of a barn owl.
8" x 10
Acrylic on canvas
© 2104 Guy Gondron
My daughter is a little freaked out by barn owls. It's the eyes, I think. They are my favorite of all the owls. Their faces convey so many different things. If you look closely at the eyes, they are tender and sweet, the way they are framed by the hairlike feathers. So unlike the large, round eyes of their relatives, they appear less intimidating, buffered by the deep-set softness of those feathers. Less bulgy and creepy.
Those facial feathers also hide the bulk of their beaks, which also tend to be pinkish in color rather than the familiar orange or gold of other birds. I suppose that gives them an alien appearance to people like my daughter. To me it hides that alien-ness, which birds in general seem to have.
It's cliche to say that my work represents parts of myself.
My work often lacks focus but makes up for it with passion.
It is prone to overcast landscapes and casual nudity.
In my work, I strive for an ideal I hold in my head. It's a difficult ideal to nail down, often mired in Impressionism but wavering into Post-Impressionism, eroticism, contemporary street with a goth tinge, scribbles. I digress. Often.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.