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This is one in a series of Barn Owl paintings. I volunteer at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center where I help take care of 11 education birds - owls, hawks and falcons. This is Willie, our female Barn Owl. Willie was found on the ground in the spring of 2002 in Dallas. The person who found her thought she needed help and took her home to raise her. Unfortunately, she was fed cat food as she developed which caused a lack of calcium in her diet. Her bones became brittle and fractures occurred in her right wing. This made her only partially flighted. Additionally, she became ‘imprinted’ on humans and now relies on them for her care.

Barn Owls have highly developed auditory skills to allow them to hunt in total darkness. Their disc-shaped facial feathers act as a radar and they have asymmetrical ears that allow them to pinpiont where their prey is located. On the day I took these photographs, I was in Willie's enclosure and she was listening intently to the noises my camera made. Each time I snapped her picture, she would turn her head slightly, almost robot-like, in order to hone in on the strange sound - causing her to make the sweetest expressions.

25% of the profits from the sale of this painting will go to The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center to help feed and take care of Willie and the rest of the birds. If you would like more information about these beautiful birds, please visit our website at http://www.bpraptorcenter.org/
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Materials:
Beeswax, damar resin, oil paint and mixed media elements on a professional wood cradle/canvas. The wooden cradle has an inside opening on the back so a hanger is not necessary - it hangs flat against the wall on two small nails.

Size:
6 x 6 inches (15.2 x 15.2 cm)

Shipping:
I carefully wrap and protect each piece to ensure it arrives safely. All work is shipped Priority Mail.
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What is Encaustic?
Encaustic is an ancient technique where beeswax and damar resin are melted together to create a medium that can be used in a variety of ways. Layers of encaustic medium are painted on sturdy substrate, usually wood, and each layer is fused together with heat. Encaustic gives an ethereal feel and has a beautiful luminosity.

Will it melt?
Beeswax has a melting point of around 160 degrees so it's not necessary to keep it in a cool room, however, it's recommended to keep it away from heat sources such as fireplaces and heaters.

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I use beeswax from my own organically/naturally maintained hives. You can read more about what inspires my work here: http://www.etsy.com/people/michellepryorart

Barn Owl Painting Encaustic Original Bird Art Beeswax Owl Raptor Wildlife

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: beeswax, damar resin, oil paint, mixed media, wood, wooden cradle
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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  • Favorited by: 1 person