As I continue to paint and gather work and prep it for my fall sale at Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival, I stumbled across some owl sketches I hadn't seen in a while. Several years ago, Kay and Larry McKeever, founders of The Owl Foundation in Ontario, Canada, hired my husband to build a bedroom suite addition (with a small owl cage in it of course). It is then, that I received the rare opportunity and privilege to observe and draw over a dozen owls in their giant natural habitat cages...and to literally walk down the same path as Robert Bateman (sponsor of the rehab and long time friend of the McKeevers). I took my time, with sketchbook in hand, meandering along that boardwalk in Jordan, surrounded by lush trees, the unusual sounds of the owls and quite lost in quietude. It reminds me to make moments like this...to surround oneself with the beauty of creation.
Time for a walk. . . And I think I will add a couple of these to my show.
|"Great Gray Owl" Lorenda Harder|
|"Curious Owl" Lorenda Harder|
|"Snowy Owl" Lorenda Harder|