Today I am sharing my latest art ‘Wise Owl’ – a fantasy composite featured on my Portfolio. I explore how to come up with a title, Haiku poetry and a few facts I learned about the Short-Eared Owl.
‘Wise Owl’ began with the photograph on the left of a Short Eared Owl.
About Titles – I can, and often do spend hours agonising about a title and description for my creations. I mostly always do a little research about my subject, and find this really helps. My first thought was Night Owl, but as I found out more – I realised that unlike many other owls, short-eared owls are frequently seen in broad daylight as well as in the early evening.
‘Wise Owl’ is a common enough phrase, but I only arrived there after researching the facts. I’m still not 100% – but there’s only so many hours in a day! In addition to a title, art needs a description too. I drew a blank, and came up with a few lame sentences which I promptly discarded. My creative ebb at a low, I decided to write a Haiku poem, and yes it’s another hour later, but I find this more satisfying and a thesaurus is my friend!
Some Facts – Short-eared owls are medium sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes, most commonly seen in the winter months. They are skilled predators with keen vision – even in low light! Blending perfectly in short vegetation, they nest on the ground amongst grasses, marshland and sand dunes. Unfortunately, this makes their nesting sites vulnerable to predators, and coupled with a loss of natural habitat they are now sadly in decline and on the watch list.
It was pure chance on my part, but with some artistic licence and creative use of textures, I had unknowingly provided my owl with it’s natural grassland habitat. The eyes were intense and alert, and as you may have spotted – I altered the colour of the eyes from a startling yellow to a blue/grey.
Haiku is written using 5,7,5 syllables, and is defined as ‘a form of Japanese poetry traditionally inspired by nature, the seasons, a moment of beauty or emotional experience.’
I tend to think of Haiku as ‘say what you see and feel’. So defined by my research about the Short-Eared Owl this is my Haiku poem.
IN SILENT GRASSLAND
WORDLY-WISE, ENLIGHTENED EYES
I hope this post has given you a little insight into my process, and why I chose those particular words for my Haiku.
This artwork is available, you can view the Portfolio project here.
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