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Thesis - Barn Owls by windfalcon Thesis - Barn Owls by windfalcon
This is the second in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. In this painting, I look at how the presence of barn owls on farms is beneficial to humans.

According to a study by the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, for a pair of Barn Owls with six mouths to feed, the eight birds can eat 1,000 mice, voles, and other small mammals during one season of nesting (source: [link]). Small rodents can destroy crops and infest grain, and the presence of these silent hunters help farmers immensely.

I wanted to show the softness and silence of these birds, and the soft light of near dawn seemed to fit well. I really enjoyed creating this illustration, and I feel I learned a lot in terms of technique while working on it.

About 10.5 X 17 inches, watercolor on cold-press Arches
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Crystal-Okami Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how did you...i don't even...THAT'S AMAZINGGG! :heart:
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PapaG-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful art! Love it.
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Papercraft123 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
these look like the owls from guardians of ga'hool.
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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's because the main owl characters in the movie and portrayed on the book cover are barn owls...
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TalonWolfG5 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
soo beutiful and cool! funny a few nights ago getting water at like 12 i saw a barred owl land near our house on the pool with a mouse in its talons! it stayed there for 4 minutes and flew off... it was sooo lovly :D i got a little over exicted when it looked at me with its big eyes! xD
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ericscotthayes Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love owls. You did well thank you.
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BIrdgirl1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Artist
That's Cool, I like how all your paintings looks SO realistic
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Jaguarwolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice :heart:
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LupusDream Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love barn owls, however for some strange reason they freek me out, its the look that they have, the really bug eyes and the small beak with a big head.

aw well. but i love them.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Barn owls are even weirder, because of their physical differences from other owls! They have relatively small eyes compared to owls such as the great horned and barred, and their bodies are a bit more streamlined. Cool, yet eerie looking :3
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Redwall151 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This piece is stunning! The colors all work together so nicely and bring a soft feeling to it :) Keep up the great work!
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MBloodriver Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful ^^ I love this kind or bird^^
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leehart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
You are so gifted. What a nice piece of work. I always look for barn owls and have never seen one in the wild.
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tamstar9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
this is absolutley beautiful
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Freewings Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I worked at a Raptor Rehabilitation Center for several years and barn owls were one of my favorites to see. You did an awesome job with their general body. The background is also perfect for them. :)
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Nightowl103 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist
awesome detail!
very realistic looking!
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MoonlightGuardianOwl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, love owls, love your pic!
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Giogiogni Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You must teach me how to do wings properly.
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TheOutgrabeMomerath Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
I love the grace with which these birds fly that you have so vividly captured. Stunning work here, man.
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Featured ;-) [link]
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Russockshitha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Tyto alba! I love barn owls. They have such a beautiful elegance.
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bluetiger24 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i adore barn owls. and this is a painting? Amazing! Great job!
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shinyumbreon37 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student Writer
i love how the mouse is barfing or something
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha it's actually just dropping a number of the corn kernels it had been greedily munching down. :D
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shinyumbreon37 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Writer
oooo
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
STUNNING!!!
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome piece of art, I love the beautiful feather patterns and colors of Barn Owls!

I have a pair nesting nearby, sometimes I'm lucky enough to see a white ghost gliding through my garden :nod:
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SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wonderful use of watercolours, detail is very good, love the patterns on the feathers!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SuzanneHole Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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SoccerMango Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i like it. its very detailed
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
"It's only forever..."
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paloulou Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Nice work on the detail.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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paloulou Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
no problem:)
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning! and the texture of the wood is amazing too :heart:
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Also nice!
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! Such great detail.
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconpinkmarmalade::heart: MARVELOUS :heart::iconpinkmarmalade:
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
NOM I AM EATING MICES
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I want so bad to make a NOM NOM NOM video, with the NOM NOM NOM song, but put clips of predators chowing down on prey. It would make me lol.
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
plx do
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
As soon as I figure out how, I will. :D
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Owls are wild animals. They're considered to be associated with wisdom according to the ancient Greeks. I love Barn Owls a lot because of their silent beauty and the heart-shaped face. I love the earth colors for this drop-dead gorgeous watercolor painting. I've still got a ways to go to get my wood looking like wood. :hug:
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ayame262 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Love barn owls! One of my favorite animals!
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Cillana Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great painting and I love the idea behind it. :D
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Malbi88 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
I love barn owls
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
great work...and yup...folks need to understand how huge a part predators play in the eco-system. Look what happened to Man in the Middle-ages when they killed cats (& owls) because they were convinced they were the familiars of witches- the rat population exploded (& so did the fleas) & a plague was created.
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