Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden – Great-grey horned owl in aspen, (2003)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 650, Offset on Paper
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Image Size 31¾” x 20″

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Located in Duxbury MA

The title of this painting refers to the old expression meaning that sometimes it is best to keep quiet and say nothing.

I got the inspiration for this painting on a hiking trip in Yellowstone National Park. It can happen that, on such a trip, one almost doesn’t see anything but squirrels. The big hope is to see the big game, like moose, elk, antelope or coyotes, and probably some wolves. But that trip to my much-beloved national park in Wyoming was one of those disappointments when no game shows up, until, all at once, my wife Paula pointed to something like a stump. When the stump moved and looked at us, we realized it was an owl — the great gray owl! This made our day. The bird flew up, but stayed very close to us. For about twenty minutes we could enjoy his company.

The area was a mixture of aspen trees and lodge pole pine. The owl flew from one tree to another. When he perched in such a wonderful, full-colored aspen tree, I forgot everything, and the thrill was indescribable. Inspiration like this, right from the wild, is the best basis for a good painting.

Of all the owl species, a few hunt during daylight, including the great gray and the snowy owl. The great gray owl is the largest North American owl, being represented also in a large part of northern Europe and Asia.

The owl’s head looks very big compared to other birds. The truth is that the head is as small as the head of other birds of its size, but its dense, fluffy plumage makes it look so big.

This owl has spotted something — a tasty vole or possibly another potential prey?

— Carl Brenders