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Snowy Owl by markkarvon Snowy Owl by markkarvon
The “Snowy” has held a place in the minds of men from prehistoric times. On a cave wall, in the Dardogne region of France, there exists a painting of a family of Snowy Owls, presumably painted by Paleolithic man. This is thought to be the earliest representation of bird by man. Perhaps this speaks to the mystical effect seeing this large white bird has on people. No wonder the Snowy Owl is near the top of many “birder’s” lists.

With an average height of 23” and a wingspan of up to 60”, the Snowy Owl is one of the world’s largest and powerful owls. The Snowy Owl feeds mainly on lemmings and mice but will also eat ptarmigan, geese, carrion and the occasional fish when it’s usual prey is tough to come by. Their habitat is mainly in the artic circle however they will migrate south in years when the lemming population is low. The birds normally nest on the ground but have also been known to nest on the lower slopes of mountains in Alaska and Norway.

I became inspired to do an owl painting when I heard two Barred Owls calling to each other outside my house late one night. I chose to paint the Snowy Owl because of its mystique and its beautiful white color.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely magnificent! It is rare that I am so moved by a piece of work and this literally took my breath away and made me stare in wonder <3 Thank you so much for doing such beautiful work.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I am happy the piece touched you. I put a piece of my soul in every painting I create.
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AstralGuardian70775 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The snowy owl if my favorite, followed the the Barn. This Snowy and the landscape behind are so realistic and detailed that for the longest time, I thought that this was a photo. :eyepopping: Then I got this account and saw the categories you put it in. :XD: Way to go!:D I'm lovin' this! :dalove:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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bibogirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Ooh do you mind if I use this as a cover for my story? Not that I'm going to publish it. Just asking.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of story is it?
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bibogirl Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Owl story
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
As long as you're not publishing it you can use it. :)
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bibogirl Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
thanks
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fire-pheonix100 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Very nice! Te background is especially well done :)
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