“Tawny Owl”
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“Tawny Owl”

Tawny Owl in coloured pencil on Strathmore 300 paper, 350mm x 475mm, by Martyn Fox

After quite a long time working on this one, applying finishing touches, tidying up and making it as a good a piece of work as I could, its finally finished! This one was a long time in the coming, but I’m really happy with how its come out. There’s so much colour, tone and detail in there that it was a bit of a headache at times to create it, but I’m glad I persevered with it: its always worth pushing through and working towards the final piece, even (and especially if) its fighting back and not wanting to be completed.

Tawny Owls are wonderful birds, and one that I’ve seen in the wild only twice and a few times at various sanctuaries. As with all owls, their feathers are just amazing structures, so soft and layered to minimise the sound of their flight. They’ll skim across the landscape like ghosts in the night in search of prey, and with Tawny Owls they’ll do a call and response between males and females. This is the time of year when you might hear them calling too, so if you’re up and about in the early hours or late at night, you might be fortunate enough to hear them. And if you’re even luckier than that, you might even be able to see one.

They are resident throughout England and Wales, with patchy territory in Scotland as they don’t favour mountainous areas too well. Oddly enough they’ve not made the relatively short hop over to Ireland, but on the other hand Short Eared Owls are native to Normandy and didn’t cross the channel naturally.

This piece will have prints available for sale soon as well, so if you’d like one please feel free to contact me or check out my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=martyn%20fox%20art

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