Little Owl

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Little Owl – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Little Owl is my new painting of a small owl sitting on a branch in a forest just prior to dusk.  In late May, my good friend was in town for a visit and to see my art show.  After dinner we took a walk through the neighborhood as the sun was setting.  I happened to glance over at a dogwood tree in a wooded front yard where I noticed a large barn owl only about eight feet from us on a low branch. We stopped to watch him as he stared at us silently with his large eyes never moving. He was striking and must have been waiting for darkness to set in before hunting.

In recent years, owls have been a big decor item and I had been resisting painting them. Since seeing this owl and also recently hearing an owl’s hoot in the late night I decided it was time to paint one.   I looked up what it could mean when you see an owl and read that there could be a mystery afoot or some kind of transition coming up.  Owls also represent wisdom and intelligence.

My daughter leaves to study in Prague for the semester in just two weeks.  She’ll be taking a photography class along with a couple of language and core classes.  Her passport and visa finally came in the mail today,  her new film camera for the class arrived yesterday so she is just about ready.  Her twentieth  birthday is a few days before she leaves.  She’s got a lot to look forward to, we’re excited for her upcoming adventure.  I plan to paint all weekend, don’t have a subject picked out yet.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

The Girl and the Wolf

The Girl and the Wolf - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
The Girl and the Wolf – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

The Girl and the Wolf is my most recent painting for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy Shop.  After finishing my light dove painting I felt like creating a more solid painting.   During my adolescent years in my journals I would often draw a lone wolf sitting atop a mountain. Around that time some challenging events happened within my family which frightened me and I handled those fears by turning inward and becoming a bit of a loner.  In some ways that helped me to be independent, which is why it was easy for me to leave home and travel and live in many places.  Over time I’ve learned to face and integrate those fears.  In this painting the girl has made friends with the wolf. They are not alone, they are in a rich forest and the sun will rise as it always does.

Purchase print here:  The Girl and the Wolf