Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paint Party Friday and IA Art Challenge

The Owl and the Pussycat . . .
went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat.
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note. . .

 It does go on and on, and I've heard that Edward Lear
had nearly completed a sequel to the poem at the time of his death.

It begins:

The Children of the Owl and the Pussycat

Our mother was the Pussycat,
our father was the Owl,
And so we're partly little beasts
and partly little fowl,

The brothers of our family

have feathers and they hoot,
While all the sisters dress in fur
and have long tails to boot. 

The theme this week at Inspiration Avenue is

Somehow it took me by surprise.
If it had been cats, I would have said Oh Yeah.
But I haven't thought much about owls since my mom's
owl collection in the 70's. And it was just too cutesy for words, 
so I must have blocked it out. So looking them up
on Google, I was amazed to see just how many 
different species of owl there are.
Too many for me to keep track of.
But now I see why so many people are in love with owls.
They're quite incredible creatures.

Since we're on the topic of owls and cats,
here is something fun to watch:

The gallery of owl creations will be up on Sunday
Paint Party Friday is, of course, 
in full swing on Friday!
Visit them both!


  1. Enjoyed your post. I listen to the owls every morning during my walk around the football field. There are about 3 of them. Sometimes I'm lucky and get to see them in flight.

  2. Maggie...I am really loving this! Lovely work my dear!


  3. Owls are such stunning creatures and I love your gorgeous whimsical take on the owl and the pussycat!

  4. This is gorgeous, I love all the detail you captured without leaving out the charm- beautiful!
    BTW, you now made me wish that I'd done cats instead of owls.....don't know why I didn't think of that!

  5. Love your painting ~ reminds me of a book of poems that my grandmother read to me when I was a child ~ had similar pictures ~ thanks ~Happy PPF ~ namaste, Carol ^_^ (Share the Creative Journey)

  6. When I contemplated this theme, I never considered a nursery rhyme. But there you are, with this fun, witty, and magical painting that takes me back to my childhood. Very inspirational.

  7. Tell me you'll do more Edward Lear!

  8. That is too cute! I've done some google search for owls too and it's amazing what all you can find. So many different shapes and sicez not to mention colors ans patterns. :)

  9. Love your painting and the video is so cute!

  10. Hi, I love the poem. I love owls too, I watch them on the Internet 24/7. Right now Pot Plant Owl has 2 chicks and 1 egg we are hanging in for a hatching soon. I can't put my link on linksy or whatever that thing is, I've tried it before, doesn't work for me. But I do have a picture up on my blog too. Blessings, Janet

  11. I love your painting! The owl and the pussycat are just one of those old rhymes that conjure up memories, fantasies and magical times as a child for me. Thanks for taking me back ;)

    I love that video! My son and I just laughed and laughed at those two. GREAT POST!

    Happy PPF!
    xx Jaime

  12. A lovely painting of my favourite poem. I didn't know about the other poem :)

    Fab video too!

  13. Love your owl and cat. Nice work. Enjoyed the video too.:) Happy PPF!

  14. Love the setting ~ everything is so whimsical :) Thanks for sharing ~ happy PPF!

  15. I have always loved owls. This illustration is great. Love how happy the cat looks.

  16. oh this painting made me smile! and that's some video.

  17. Very sweet painting! That was an interesting video--I kept waiting for the owl to carry that cat away!

  18. I'm very fond of that poem. I read it at my friends' wedding. Your illustration is just gorgeous my friend.

    I still need to do my owl submission... time it ticking....

    I've seen that vid before - isn't it just incredible!

  19. Love your interpretation of the Owl And The Pussycat! Happy PPF!

  20. Love. The owl and pussycat poem it's fantastic, one of my favorites. You have captured it beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I like that this is like a children's book illustration and it took me back to my children;s treasury of poetry which was my prized and treasured book for a whole year... thanks for taking me back there xx

  22. Your owl and pussycat are fabulous! And the video - wow! almost unbelievable.

    A perfect painting for the poem - the original or the sequel.

  23. your cat has the sweetest face and I love the reflection of the moon on the water - well done! Thanks for sharing the video - amazing!

  24. oh what a wonderful piece to go with a wonderful story....I love owls!!!!

    Come share something sweet today! Sweet Saturdays over at my blog...

  25. love your little owl and pussycat and the continuation of the poem...never heard it before, how bizzarre!!!

  26. Your painting is adorable, I love it!!!! Wow what an amazing video! I love owls too. This weekend I couldn't resist buying a little plastic white one in the toy section at Micheals! Deb

  27. This is a fantastic painting (I love how you worked your cat into this theme too)! The details are wonderful :)


  28. Fantastic art Magpie! Love it. I pictured something like this is my mind...but didn't have bravery to try it. You certainly captured it!

  29. Pretty so much detail, and expression. Reminds me of innocent times.

  30. Oh, what a wonderful painting! Both owl and cat look so lovely and really seem to enjoy each other's company. Thank you for sharing the video, that was fun.

  31. I always loved that poem, but as a kid I wondered WHY would they take honey and money of all things? I thought sandwiches and Parcheesi would have made more sense.
    And. Of course your art is rockin'.
    The sweet kitty loves her owl for sure.

  32. I adore this piece. I have an orange cat just like that! Very nice job, and love the video too.


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