Free Shipping UK/European Union on Etsy

Now offering free shipping in the UK & European Union in my Etsy shop; selling handmade original prints like these:

Click here https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CatAmongstThePigeons/items

 (© Catherine Cronin)

 

 

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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)

Barn Owl linocut print

 

I finally got around to cutting and printing my Barn Owl linocut design this year. I decided to print a black and white edition as well a hand-coloured edition, as I liked them both as much as each other! Printed with Charbonnel oil-based printing ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 210 gsm. Coloured by hand with watercolour paint, which means each print is uniquely painted in the watercolour series. Available in my Artfinder and Etsy shops.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS until 19 Feb 2017

I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Society of Wood Engravers at Bankside Gallery this week – if you are interested in printmaking you have till tomorrow to see this exhibition.

Here are my favourite three prints from the exhibition in no particular order – it’s always the birds that get my attention time and time again. Click on the images to be taken to the artists’ websites.

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Julian Witts, ‘Black Grouse’, Black & White Woodcut.

 

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Peter Brown, ‘The Stalker’, Linocut

 

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Rosamund Fowler, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Wood Engraving

Weekly Sketch – Little Owl – 12/02/2017

I’m working on capturing the characteristics of a full set of five English owls. This is the last owl, the Little Owl, which was actually introduced here in the 19th century. I am still paying attention to pattern, colour and simple forms. I have in mind to work up all these owl images into final pen and watercolour pictures and printed editions. I took these photos today in the gloom so there are some shadows on them that I couldn’t fix.

 

Some facts about Little Owls are:

1) As the name suggests the little owl is the smallest owl to be found in Britain, it is only 22cm long and it weighs a third as much as a Tawny Owl.

2) Little Owls can live up to 16 years; but many do not reach maturity being killed by harsh winters, predators and road vehicles, so their average life span is only 3 years.

3) This is the owl that is closely associated with the Greek goddess Athena and the Roman goddess Minerva; representing wisdom and knowledge. The genus name Athene commemorates the goddess, whose original role as a goddess of the night might explain the link to an owl. The species name noctua has, in effect, the same meaning, being the Latin name of an owl sacred to Minerva, Athena’s Roman counterpart.

4) Little Owls feed mostly on insects and small rodents; and they love eating earthworms after it has rained. But they also prey on amphibians, birds and on occasion rabbits! As well as swooping down on prey from an elevated position these owls will also hunt on foot, running to capture their prey.

5) In the UK the Little Owl prefers lowland farmland with hedges and copses, parkland and orchards. Males are sedentary, remaining in their territory throughout the year.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Short-eared Owl – 28/01/2017

I’m working towards a full set of five English owls. So far I have captured the characteristics of the Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, and Long-eared Owl. This week number four is the Short-eared Owl. I am still paying attention to pattern, colour and simple forms. Unfortunately I ran dry my favourite black markers, so I ended up using green and dark red markers instead.

Some facts about Short-eared Owls are:

1) Short-eared owls are one of the world’s most widely distributed owls, and among the most frequently seen in daylight; often seen hunting over open ground such as grassland. However they do most of their hunting at night; daylight hunting seems to coincide with periods of high-activity in their prey, voles.

2) Their habitats also include coastal grasslands, heathlands, meadows, shrubsteppe, savanna, tundra, marshes, dunes, and agricultural areas.

3) As suggested by their global distribution, these owls travel long distances including navigating oceans; it has been reported that these owls have been seen alighting on ships hundreds of miles from land.

4) These owls nest on the ground. The female will scrape a bowl out of the ground and line it with grasses and feathers; they will often build their nest atop the nest from the previous year. Nests are about 10 inches across and 2 inches tall. They will lay between 1-11 eggs.

5) The Latin name for this owl is Asio flammeus; Asio meaning a type of eared owl and flammeus meaning flame-coloured. This owl has short ear tufts which are hard to see and as in the Long-eared Owl have nothing to do with the owls’ ears!

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Long-eared Owl – 14/01/2017

I’m still drawing owls, I’m working towards a full set of English owls. This week it is the turn of the Long-eared Owl; in these drawings and paintings I am still paying attention to pattern, colour and simple forms. I’m using black marker pens for the line and pattern, then splashing on watercolour afterwards. I found drawing the essential forms of this owl’s facial features more difficult to capture than my previous owls.

Some facts about Long-eared Owls are:

1) It’s ‘ear tufts’ are nothing to do with the owls ears, and in fact are feathery tufts that the owl raises when it is alarmed.

2) This owl is nocturnal and secretive; and therefore only usually spotted when migrating or travelling back and forth to a communal roost in winter. Communal roosting is an unusual characteristic of this species of owl.

3) These owls roost in dense vegetation and forage in open grasslands or shrublands; also open coniferous or deciduous woodlands.

4) The loud hoot of the male Long-eared Owl can sometimes be heard up to 1 kilometer away.

5) Typical lifespan is 4 years.

 

(© Catherine Cronin)