Friday, October 7, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: lone owl

This week's Inspiration Avenue challenge was "Owls" issued by Stephanie of Dragonfly Design Studio.


I started with a magazine background of an ice and snow covered tree (wishful thinking perhaps?), then added the owl which I cut from a wildlife book. I admit the owl and the background were a bit close in color, so the owl may look a bit camouflaged. The owl's body is a can lid I burned in my chiminea last spring. Over the body, I placed a found metal spacer and two found bird feathers that reminded me of an owl's feathers. For the legs and feet, I used calligraphy pen nibs. The bottom color is a bit distorted because of the scan. Feel free to click to enlarge.


I snagged this photo directly from the Inspiration Avenue blog, so I'm not sure how long it will remain on their site, but I won this lovely piece called a Paris ephemera box, and didn't even realize there was a prize for August and September. Blew me away when I read I had won this gorgeous beauty. And Tammy, if you are reading this, I will send my mailing address just as soon as I get my e-mail working again! I've not had a chance to play around to figure out what the problem is, so those of you who have sent e-mails and have not heard from me, I will respond as soon as possible.

27 thoughtful remarks:

dthaase said...

love your owl creation - great work

Dianne said...

great owl composition! at first I thought it was a photo shop hybrid...images go well together, and I love the can lid and pen nibs for the belly and legs! hope your email gets fixed soon...I think my blog's comments are on the fritz...

see you there! said...

Your mixed media owl is so clever. Congratulations of the win too. Oh, and thanks for the heads up about my broken link, I thik I fixed it (I hope)

Darla

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I think your Owl is amazing! That it blends in with the background a bit only adds realism. The mixed media additions are very clever!

~*~Patty S said...

Congrats on winning that wonderful prize E!

Your owl creation is really fantastic...when I first saw it I thought it was an owl you made hanging out on a tree...the nib feet are the coup de grace :)

Happy Friday!
oxo

Lesley said...

I love your owl - he looks so real and the background is wonderful.

peggy gatto said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

steph said...

I did missed you on Tuesday and thereafter....
congrats on the win...the box is really nice.
I actually like your owl creation....even though it's monochromatic, there were whites on the owl's picture to push the image forward....lovely composition too...happy weekend dear E..

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Nice take on the owl. We have a couoke who hoot for us every night just before dawn. Such magical creatures. Lovely box, quite the win. xox Corrine

Marilyn Rock said...

Your owl is awesome! Love the whole composition of it! Also; congrats on winning that lovely piece! xxoo

voodoo vixen said...

Here was me thinking you had left town without a forwarding address!! Your owl is so lovely, have always had a soft spot for them and yours is so cute. You lucky girl, love the prize you won!!

Tracey Potter said...

Lovely, I actually thought it was a sculptural piece hanging in a real tree at first until I saw your description. It is whimsical and fun. Great work.

kimmie said...

I love your owl Elizabeth! Wonderful found objects :)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Great work and love that you made me go back and enlarge it to look again more closely... thought you had created a sculpture!!! Great piece xx

Felicia Kramer said...

I love your owl! Very clever!

T's Daily Treasures said...

That is a fantastic owl! He does look rather real up there in that tree. Great work. Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

Healing Woman said...

When I first saw your charming little owl, I thought it was a real wind chime hanging out on a tree..then I noticed the snow! I know you are longing for snow after that miserably hot summer-no wonder you used it as a background.

The camouflage look to the owl is perfect, since that is what they like to do;blend in.

Halle said...

Very fun owl! And very well done.

elle said...

Everything is looking so good. Congratulations

Cindy McMath said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love the owl! What a great idea for your chiminea treated lid. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog the other day. It is always great to hear from you.

Cindy :)

Oxana said...

Love your creation!!!

New End Studio said...

All the layering and the components make this a fun piece, he's fierce looking, must have a cold tushie from that icy branch.

Thanks for the heartfelt comments on my post, I really appreciate them. Also, I'm partial to the football player too.

JKW said...

Good Grief, Calligraphy pen nibs. . . . . Great job, love the little guy. Blessings, Janet

Anonymous said...

Hi it's me gemma
anon again because of blogger....
anyway I wanted to stop in and say
"Love the work and love that you always tell your processes." It makes the art more meaningful.

Carola Bartz said...

Your owl is gorgeous and I enjoyed reading how you made this piece. Pretty clever, and the outcome is fabulous.

priti.lisa said...

I liked your piece this week so much, Elizabeth...I caught my eye right away. All of the different elements together...would be a great idea to make come to life. Imagine it as tree art just hanging in the breeze.
Congrats on winning the prize, Tammy makes such beautiful things. ♥♥♥

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Oh I LOVE your owl- so clever all the bits and piece you used to make him- he's GREAT!