Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Owls of India

{From the Sketchbook}






Hope you had a good weekend. I worked on some watercolors of owls here on the Subcontinent. Including but not limited to the Eurasian eagle owl (bottom), which has the enviable Latin name of Bubo bubo.

Besides painting I helped P. clean The Nest from top to bottom and caught up on This American Life podcasts, as well as a particularly fascinating story from Radiolab about the language of animals. One of the hosts, NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich, was also a frequent contributer to ABC News when I was working there, and I think he's one of the quirkiest, zaniest, creative journalists working the beat. Think of your favorite middle school science teacher and add a great radio voice and some outlandish sound effects. In my book, any story he touches turns to gold.

Listen to his Radiolab story on the language of animals here.

31 comments:

  1. The owls are beauty. Bubo bubo would be a fabulous name for a boat.

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  2. Elles sont magnifiques ces chouettes et si bien dessinées

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  3. You are killing me with the owls.

    Robert Krulwich is my favorite in all the land.

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  4. Just look at their FEET. LOOK AT THEM. You are amazing.

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  5. so very beautiful! if i could paint owls so wonderfully, i'd have a hard time doing anything else. including, like, sleeping and eating.

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  6. I love owls and LOVE yours! Really they are just so great lady! I though of you this morning on the way to work. NPR was talking about "Tamil Pulp Fiction" and it being translated into english. Sounded like a fun read. Go see!

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130332973

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  7. Wow. The owls are amazing. I love the colors and just everything about how you painted them. Good luck with all your India andventures, and thanks for sharing them with the rest of the world, xx

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  8. this post is a HOOT! (that's so something our mothers would say) but really, my favorite beanie baby as a kid was my owl! these are beautiful little lassy. is the bottom one named hedwig? LOVE YOU!

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  9. Hah! I heard the same NPR story this morning driving to work about Tamil Pulp Fiction- two titles mentioned that made me giggle were "Eat Pray Love and Kill" and "Hold On a Minute I'm in the Middle of a Murder."

    The owls are SPECTACS! LOVE em and love how they're stylized with the geometric feather patterns ...really beautiful keep up with the watercolors/ Indian flora & fauna collection!! XO

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  10. Just amazing! Love those patterns.

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  11. Beautiful Bubo bubo and friends. Truly stunning.

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  12. These are fabulous, and describe the radiolab story so well I may just have to have a listen!

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  13. So, full disclosure: I haven't actually *seen* any of these marvelous owls in the flesh yet, but I do hear them at night. If I see a Bubo bubo before we leave India I'll be one happy chicken.

    Oh, and downloading the Tamil Pulp Fiction this very minute. Sounds uh-mazing.

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  14. Hello Lily,
    I had to pop in and say hi! How wonderful to have a glimpse of your life in India. So inspiring.

    Your owls are great!

    All the best.

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  15. these are fantastic, you are very talented!

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  16. the first one reminds me of the mona lisa (or holbein) of owls. the two middle like kachinas, and the last like a pacific northwest totem. hmmmmm.

    and here's a quote from someone else's blog today which made me think of you! *tous les changements, meme les plus souhaites ont leur melancolies, car ce que nous quittons, c'est une parties de nous-meme; il faut mourir a une vie pour entrer dans une autre-* *Anatole France 1884-1...

    nice to hear from you! sorry about the haircut. xoxo

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  17. Hey lily....thanks for dropping by...you are the sweetest!

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  18. What fantastic owls!

    And I also love Radiolab! As I checked your blog I was actually listening to the Animal Minds Radiolab episode (for probably the 40th time). They are so excellent!

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  19. are you serious? these owls are beautiful! i need to be kept in the loop about the next sale, because i completely missed the last one. (stupid breaking news.) this american life is our go-to podcast for long road trips and radiolab never ceases to amaze me. i can't wait to listen.

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  20. WOW! I was on a field trip with my son yesterday and we saw a Eurasian Eagle Owl. She was astonishingly beautiful. It kind of hurt my heart a little because it was so amazing. Highlight of my day. Week. Month maybe?

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  21. Absolutely LOVE these owls. I want a book, when you publish one.

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  22. OMG! I seriously keep coming back just to look at those OWLS! I love them and hope to see them on your site for sale someday. Here are some of my photos of barred owls that we co-habitat with among the woods.
    http://littlehouseinbigwoods.blogspot.com/search/label/Owls

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  23. Brilliant owls! Loving your blog. It makes my heart sing.

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  24. Wow, these are gorgeous! LOVE watercolor.
    For sale?
    I'm a friend of Kate's btw.

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  25. These are magnificent! I kind of die over them every time I see them (I find myself popping over to gaze at them from time to time....). Thanks for being that person who really does paint every day-it never ceases to inspire me.

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  26. I love, love, love these owls, Lily! So beautiful! I'm heading over to list to Radiolab now.

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  27. Great paintings, I'm fond of it, keep up the good work!
    Brad Fallon

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  28. definitely love the owls. am i imagining it, or are your environs affecting your color palette.

    again, love the owls. really love them.

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