Posted in Drawings, Pastels

The call of the inner owl!

This afternoon, I had an itch to draw.  I had a call from my inner owl muse and so, who am I not to follow my inner creative spirit!

That was when my pencils, butchers paper and soft pastels came out of retirement for an hour of fun.

Here are the image’s of the female Barking Owl I have just completed freehand.  I don’t trace any images, so this is all my own hand-eye connection.

Barking Owl
Created: 22/2/2014
Artist: Selina Shapland, Shapland Art

I absolutely loved drawing this barking owl.  She just pops off the page now.  I started out with colour pencils and built her up with them before I broke out my soft pastels.

It was so much fun to play with my soft pastels.  I had forgotten how much I love to get all dusty and dirty with these rich colours.

I put my music on loud and danced around my creative space while I was drawing this piece.  I love it when the creative spirit flows through me and onto the page like this one did.

I might have to frame this piece.  I feel so happy every time I look at it.  And the eyes follow me around the room.

Have I mentioned that I love drawing and painting animal eyes yet?  Of course I have!

Animal eyes are so expressive and honestly beautiful to me.

Posted in Drawing, Sketches, Water Colour

It’s all in the eyes

It's all in the eyes Created: 3/11/2013 Artist: Selina Shapland
It’s all in the eyes
Created: 3/11/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

I have met the most amazing man.  He is awesome in ways I cannot gush enough about but one of the things that I love most about him is his deep love and connection with nature.  He has a particular love and affinity for the owl, as do I!

So, tonight as I was contemplating my feelings for this amazing person who has walked into my life, I took time to do a watercolour painting/sketch up of one of the birds he looks after.

Owls are one of my absolute favourite birds and I have been drawing and painting them throughout my arty career.  I love how they can convey so much interest and emotion through their eyes.

For me, it is all in the eyes – it says it all if you have the quietude to stop and truly receive their silent message.

It’s all in the eyes
Created: 3/11/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

Above is an up close of the eyes.  I love animal eyes, especially owls… I might have mentioned that already though! 🙂