Festival of Feathers

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Tombow pen and watercolor

This weekend I stopped in at the Festival of Feathers at the bird rescue center in Santa Rosa to soak up some of that marvelous bird wildness.  I just had a few minutes, but many of the birds were out on the arm of their volunteer handlers and I had my camera with me.  Later I did some quick sketches from my computer and put some color on.

The Barn Owl glows golden in the sunshine and has the most unusual, disc-like face – difficult to draw because it seems so unlikely, even while being so exotically lovely.

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This Great Horned Owl is named Wowl!  How perfect is that?  And yes, he’s rather big, but still only a couple pounds of weight because of those hollow bird bones and super light feathers.

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This little guy is a Pygmy Owl, tiny but oh so wise looking!  I think I drew him bigger than he was because of his gravitas.

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