Snowy Owl drawing by Owen Garratt
This Snowy Owl drawing is the third in a series of wildlife chalk art drawings
Owls have a unique wing design that allows them to fly in near total silence, and at slower speeds than most birds. They operate in a world of stealth and their hearing is almost as astute as their vision.
You can hear other birds as they fly nearby, but not owls. And if you do happen to see an owl at close range, especially in the dark, it can be very unnerving. The lack of sound when you’re seeing something that’ normally make sound puts the brain on a subtle alert – “something’s not quite right here”, and it triggers a fear response because it’s predators that do the sneaking up.
It can be just as unsettling as hearing an animal that you can’t see, or something touching you in the water. Gah!
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Hobknobbing in Tinseltown
Legendary Hollywood producer Peter Guber wasn't really poking Owen in the eye with his portrait, but as Peter used to head up Sony Pictures and racked up 120 Academy Award nominations and Executive Produced blockbusters including Batman, Gorillas in the Mist, The Color Purple, Rain Man, Midnight Express, The Witches of Eastwick, and about a zillion others...well, who are we to discourage a little ocular trauma between friends?
Owen has also done portraits for Hollywood stars Adam West, and William Shatner (neither of whom tried to poke Owen's eye out).
Owen also won the Los Angeles TV Festival with a 6-minute video clip slid in on a lark at the last minute. Apparently nobody else bothered to enter, because Owen won the $10,000 first place prize and got flown to LA for a schmancy reception at the Highland Club, where they used to film American Idol.
Which ruffled a few feathers among the locals...
You can read about that little adventure in The Adventures of The Pencilneck Blog.
(with a Bostonian accent)
"I'd like to tank Owen for dis here pahrtrait by dabbing him in the eye wid it..."
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