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Description: Robert Bateman's "Winter Mist- Great Horned Owl" limited edition canvas signed and numbered 35/180. This canvas is in mint condition and has never been framed. "Most of my paintings are reconstructed from a variety of experiences and sources. But this incident actually took place outside our dining room window. It was on a foggy day during a midwinter thaw.

This is the time of year when great horned owls do much of their territorial hooting. Because it takes a long time for such a large owl to reach maturity they must begin nesting during the snows of late winter. Although they normally hoot at night, this particular day was so dull that a pair of them were actively flying and hooting outside our house. This socialization accounts for the thrusting pose with the throat patch fluffed out.

At first I painted this bird on a large interesting stump. However, in spite of the hours spent doing the texture of the stump, it gave the bird a posed, almost stuffed look. So I scraped down all my work and put in the diagonal branch to give it a dynamic thrust. The clump of beech leaves at the top of the picture is to emphasize the same effect." - Robert Bateman

  • Dimensions:
    Image- 33" x 20"
  • Artist Name: Robert Bateman
  • Medium: Canvas

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August 15, 2020, 11:00 AM EST

Stouffville, ON, CA

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