Long-eared Owl design almost there

I think this is almost the final design for my Long-eared Owl linocut print. Just an edit to be made to the top of its face and perhaps the chest marks. What do you think?

 (© Catherine Cronin)


How many owls…?

How many owls does it take to make an owl? In this case it seems a parliament of owls! I’m still refining the design for my Long-eared Owl for a linocut print, in my series of English Owls prints.


 (© Catherine Cronin)

Barn Owl and Tawny Owl Linocuts

Just finished printing off the first prints of my Tawny Owls; adding hand colouring with watercolour. It’s quite hard to keep the brushstrokes ‘free’ and I think ‘less is more’ in this style of print. Work in progress to complete the other 3 owls in my English Owls series. To celebrate having two owls available for sale in my Etsy shop, if you buy two prints you can get £20 OFF the total price using the code OWL20. This coupon is only valid when buying my Owl prints. Valid till end of March 2019.


 (© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Birds – 06/07/2016

Here are some more pen drawings from June; most are after coloured images with no backgrounds of birds in a book from the 1960s, and the barn owl is after a British Library card coloured image with no background. As I am not lucky enough to see such birds in the flesh, I have to use other sources for information and inspiration. I think that if I use enough different sources to get to know the birds characteristics, I can then draw my own original represenation of these birds.





(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Dandelions & Starlings – 15/02/2015

I have been playing with colour and composition for a new linocut idea, Dandelions & Starlings.

Still more work to be done here.






(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – A Pair of Starlings – 04/01/2015

This year I really must try and make my ‘weekly sketch’ post, a weekly sketch post. So here is the first one an illustration of a pair of starlings in the grass, drawn with fountain pens in black ink.


(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Jay – 26/05/2014

I find birds fascinating; I have made artists’ books about swifts and crows containing poems, and I have always wanted to do a print series on birds. So here is the start: sketches of a Jay; in black pen, oil pastel and ink; in charcoal; and in black pen.

Jay-Colour CRONIN Jay-Graphite CRONIN

Jay-Black-Pen CRONIN


(© Catherine Cronin)