Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wise Guy

Watchful Eyes, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2012, Fay Terry


Owls are perceived as wise and intelligent birds. Have you ever wondered how they got this reputation?
Owls are nocturnal and see very well at night.  This ability has enabled them to be considered manifestations of wisdom. They are often connected in folk tales with studious scholars and wise humans. One of the earliest depictions of owls can be seen with Athena, the goddess of wisdom.  She is often holding an owl. The wizard, Merlin, kept an owl, and in the Harry Potter books, student wizards communicated by messenger owls.
Some also consider them spooky because of their connection with the dark.  I think this one looks pretty friendly!

This was especially fun to paint since Halloween is coming soon. I just love all the fun and decoration for this holiday.

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