ORIGINAL ART – ‘Barking Mad’, Barking Owl

$680.00

‘BARKING MAD’
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 380mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

Description

‘BARKING MAD’
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 380mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

These adorable little owls have such character-filled faces that Shannon couldn’t resist painting capturing that irritated: ‘what the hell are you looking at?! Please push-off’, with a side of: ‘I’m SO much better than you’ look. Personality-plus!

Barking Owls are widely distributed throughout Australia, only absent from arid central areas. Although they’re wary at their nest, they can become accustomed to humans, nesting close to farm buildings and even in town streets. It mostly rests in the outer dense foliage of trees during the day and normally hunts at night for small to medium-sized mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. They have a distinct preference to be close to water BUT, they take their liquids in the form of blood of their prey (say whaaat?). Best known for the ‘wook-wuk’ call, often performed in the evening with a nearby partner, they are also notorious for their other call, said to sound like a ‘screaming woman/child’. They form permanent mating pairs often returning year after year to the same hollow to nest. Barking Owls have declined rapidly throughout much of their range, with Victoria estimating only 50 pairs left. Habitat loss and degradation is a major threat to their survival. Loss of hollow-bearing trees and firewood harvesting impacts on the species as it removes nesting and roost sites, as well as habitat for hollow-dependent prey such as gliders, possums and parrots. Competition from feral honeybees for roost sites has been named a key threatening process in NSW. Foxes and feral cats, like so many Australian animals, are also a reason for their decline. Conservation Status, NSW: Vulnerable, SA: Near Threatened, remaining states: Least Concern.

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

 

Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the ruffled edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious imperfections.

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Dimensions 70 × 6 × 52 cm

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